Prohibitory orders imposed in Kashmir after separatists' strike
After a separatists' strike to protest the killings of 13 terrorists and four civilians in counter-terrorism operations on Sunday, authorities today banned en masse gathering of the people in parts of the Kashmir valley to maintain law and order.
The restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed in parts of Srinagar in central Kashmir and in Shopian and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir, officials said.
The security forces have been deployed in strength at sensitive places across the valley to prevent any untoward incident, officials said.
Internet service too has been suspended in the Valley, officials added.
Authorities have ordered the closure of all schools and colleges across Kashmir today.
Kashmir University, Central University Kashmir and Islamic University of Science and Technology have also suspended classes and postponed examinations scheduled for today, the officials said.
They said the curbs have been enforced in Srinagar's Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharajgunj, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Soura areas.
The officials said the prohibitory orders have been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
The separatists, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Mailk under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), had called for a two-day strike in Kashmir yesterday over the killings of 13 militants and four civilians in three separate encounters in the Valley yesterday.
Officials said Geelani and Mirwaiz have been put under house arrest.
The separatists, also asked the people to suspend business and other activities and offer funeral prayers in absentia across the valley.
The strike disrupted normal life elsewhere in the Valley with most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remaining shut and public transport staying off road, the officials said.