Restrictions continue in Kashmir, DM says no curfew in Srinagar


Srinagar, (UNI)

Strict restrictions continued to remain on Wednesday in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, where District Magistrate (DM) announced that there is no curfew in any of the district today.

The DM in an order issued late Tuesday evening said curfew restrictions have been withdrawn but existing restrictions on public activities and movement put in place since August 1st in view of the COVID-19 situation in the district, where a sharp spike in affected cases has been witnessed in the last one month or so, will remain in force.

However, the situation on the ground was different as people alleged that there is more strictness today against on Tuesday when pedestrians were allowed to move in most areas.

The entire Nallahmar road remained closed for any traffic and pedestrian movement for the second day on Wednesday. However, there were more checkpoints and road blocks today against yesterday, when there was official curfew. Security forces had closed road with barbed wire at Tarabal, Nawa Kadal, Rajouri Kadal and Gojwara. However, one tube of the road at Kawdara was open and only pedestrians were being allowed to move.

People living on both sides of the Nallahmar alleged that they are facing strict restrictions for the second day today. Milkmen and vegetable vendors were again not allowed to enter the area from outskirts, they alleged.

The historic Jama Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) remained closed since March this year. However, today large number of security forces and police personnel had been deployed to prevent assembly of people. Roads leading to historic worship place were closed with barbed wire at Rangar stop, Gojwara and Nowhatta. Security forces have also closed road at Khanyar and TRC bridge, where only one side was open and only those having valid passes were allowed to move while others were being directed to return back to their homes.

Road leading to main BSNL and UNI office in the civil lines remained closed for the second day today with barbed wire. Barbar Shah bridge was also closed and only small portion of the road was open where only two wheelers and bicycle could pass.

Situation in the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, was no different. Strict restrictions continued for the second day today. The Amira Kadal bridge, connecting Hari Singh High Street (HSHS) with Lal Chowk was closed completely and even pedestrians were directed to take Budshah Chowk route. Pedestrians were allowed to cross bridge yesterday. Goni Khan and Mahraj Bazar markets were closed from both sides with barbed wires and security forces remained deployed to implement restrictions.

Restrictions also continued in the uptown areas in Srinagar where security forces had closed main roads at Natipora and Rambagh. The Jehangir Chowk to Rambagh fly over was also closed this time.