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Restrictions imposed in Srinagar to prevent separatist protest over terror funding case

The protest shutdown was called after NIA arrested separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in the terror funding case on July 24.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2017 10:48 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Srinagar
Police detain MLA Abdul Rashid Sheikh after he tried to stage a protest against army personnel, in Srinagar on July 24. (PTI Photo)

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar on Tuesday to prevent protests called by separatists against the arrest made in a terror funding case.

Separatist leaders — Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq —, who had called for the shutdown, were put under house arrest in Srinagar, while Yasin Malik was lodged in the Srinagar Central Jail.

The district magistrate has ordered restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC in the old city area, including Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal.

Public transport, shops, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed here and other district headquarters in the Valley.

Private transport and some three-wheelers were, however, seen moving in uptown and the city outskirts.

Contingents of police and the Central Reserve Police Force in riot gear disallowed vehicular and pedestrian movement in all the areas where restrictions were imposed.

The protest shutdown was called after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested several separatist leaders in the terror funding case on Monday.

The arrested include Altaf Ahmad Shah, son-in-law of Geelani, and Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of the Geelani-led Hurriyat group.

The other arrested separatists include Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shahid-ul-Islam, political aide of Umer Farooq, Peer Saifullah and Mehrajuddin Kalwal.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 10:48 IST