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Life paralysed in old city areas of Srinagar

Violent clashes between security forces and protestors bring the city to a stand-still. Authorities impose preventive measures to thwart fresh protests.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2009 13:48 IST

Most localities in old city areas of Srinagar remained closed on Monday as authorities imposed restrictions to prevent eruption of violence.

A youth was killed and another critically injured in clashes between the security forces and stone pelting mobs in Nowhatta area of old city on Friday.

As scores of mourners offered the fourth day prayers, authorities resorted to preventive measures to thwart fresh protests in four police station areas of Nowhatta, Rainawari, S R Gunj and Safa Kadal in old city.

Life in other parts of the city was, however, normal as traffic, banks, markets, government offices and educational institutions opened here on Monday.

Thousands of devotees thronged to the Hazratbal shrine in the city on Monday to celebrate the birth anniversary of the Prophet of Islam.

Authorities have made elaborate arrangements to facilitate the movement of the devotees. Fleets of buses and mini-buses have been deployed to ferry the devotees to the shrine.

"All arrangements have been made for the smooth passage of the devotees to the Hazratbal shrine. Strict vigil is being maintained to ensure that miscreants do not disturb peace in the city," a senior police officer said.

First Published: Mar 09, 2009 13:10 IST