Govt imposes ‘stringent’ restrictions in Srinagar to foil JRL protest sit-in, leads to partial shutdown

Srinagar: Government on Tuesday imposed stringent restrictions in Srinagar city and its peripheries to thwart the Joint Resistance Leadership march to Lalchowk in city centre against the Kulgam civilian and militant killings.

Witnesses said that the paramilitary forces including Jammu and Kashmir police have sealed all the entry and exit points of Srinagar city by erecting barricades using concertina wires.

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“People are not allowed to move towards city centre,” they said. The forces have established blockades at several place including Nigeen, Hawal, Barbarshah, Khayam and at other places in the city. Similar blockades hasve been imposed at Pantha Chowk and other places on the city outskirts, they said.

Journalists had to face a tough time in Srinagar as the Jammu and Kashmir police at several places barred them from moving towards their respective offices. “I was stopped at several place including at Barbarshah, Khayam and dalgate and had to navigate through lanes and by-lanes to reach office,” a journalist told The Kashmir Press.

In Lalchowk, the government forces have sealed the Regal Chowk and Amira Kadal stretch thereby restricting movement of people in the area.

The JRL was scheduled to reach Lalchowk and hold a sit in protest against the Kulgam mayhem.

The restrictions have enforced a spontaneous shutdown in several parts of the city. At many places shopkeepers didn’t open their shops while traffic mostly remained off the roads. “There is no fun of going anywhere as the police doesn’t allow people’s movement,” a peripheral resident told The Kashmir Press.

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