Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in downtown Srinagar as a precautionary measure following a strike called by separatists on Monday, when polling for the first of the four phased Urban Local Bodies (UBL) elections was being held.
A police official told UNI that there were no restrictions in any part of the summer capital, Srinagar though security forces have been deployed in strength to maintain law and order.
However, the situation on the ground was entirely different as security forces have closed roads at various places in downtown Srinagar with barbed wires and were directing people to remain indoors.
On Sunday, protestors clashed with security forces at various places in downtown Srinagar, including Nawa Kadal, where forces burst teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel have closed the main Nallahamar road at Nawa Kadal, Kawdra, Bulbul Lankar, Rajouri Kadal. People living on both sides of the road alleged that they were not being allowed to move out of their houses. They alleged that the local bread makers and vegetable sellers were not allowed to open their shops.
Similar restrictions were also imposed elsewhere in the downtown since early this morning to maintain law and order. All roads leading to Jamia Masjid were closed with barbed wire, particularly at Rangar Stop and Nowhtta. All main gates of the worship place were also locked and a large number of security forces have been deployed in the Jamia market.
Educational institutions and banks besides shops and business establishments remained closed in the restricted areas.
The The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Frooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, has called for a general strike today against the ULB polls. The separatists have also urged people to boycott the elections.