Curbs in Srinagar, schools shut

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Oct 13: Restrictions were imposed in seven police station areas of summer capital today while for second consecutive day, all the educational institutes across Kashmir remained closed on Government directions during which prayers were again disallowed at Jama Masjid here.
The restrictions were imposed to thwart protests against braid chopping incidents in Valley. The separatists had called for post-Friday protests and the Government, fearing violence, clamped restrictions in seven police station areas that included Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud.
Hundreds of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were deployed in restriction-bound areas to enforce curbs. The security forces had laid barbed wires and erected mobile bunkers at key junctions and bridges to scuttle civilian movement. The authorities for the third straight week disallowed Friday congregational prayers at Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area.
Meanwhile, all the educational institutes including schools and colleges remained shut for the second consecutive day in Valley on Government orders. The order was issued in the wake of call for protests by separatists. However, the exams were held as per schedule. Police said the day passed off peacefully across today.


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