Srinagar, June 18: The government on Thursday said it would not allow the separatist leaders to march towards Sopore on Friday and strict restrictions will be imposed in Srinagar and Sopore to foil any protest demonstrations.
Sources in the district administration told a news agency that after a high level meeting held here, the government decided to impose Section 144 in the areas coming under the jurisdiction of five police station areas of the old city Srinagar. It was informed that restrictions will be imposed in a bid to foil any disruption in law and order.
However, sources divulged that no restrictions will be imposed on religious gatherings or on Friday prayers in the Srinagar city and that people would be allowed to hold congregational prayers on Friday sans any restriction. “The decision to impose restrictions in the old city was taken after a high level meeting was conducted here. It was observed that to avoid any damage to the public property and human lives, restrictions over protest demonstrations shall be imposed,” sources said.
Meanwhile, DC Baramulla said that in view of the law and order situation, government has decided to impose restrictions in some areas of the district. He, however, added that no restrictions shall be imposed in religious gatherings and people will not be stopped in any part of the district to take part in congregational prayers being held on the first day of Ramadan.
The separatist leaders in Kashmir in a joint protest program have urged people to march towards Sopore wherein six persons have been killed by the unknown gunmen since past month. Earlier, a strike call was given by the pro-freedom camp on Wednesday which crippled life across Kashmir.
Sopore continues to simmer due to the killing spree. With government declaring the involvement of militants into such incidents, separatists have been claiming that the role of Indian agencies in such acts cannot be nullified.
The restrictions to be imposed by the government on Friday is likely to receive severe criticism as the first day of Holy month of Ramadan is being observed on Friday with people expected to throng masjids to offer congregational prayers.
2015 Kashmir Despatch