International Human Rights Day, restrictions in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: Authorities have decided to impose restrictions in most of the old city areas to prevent demonstrations and protests on the international human rights day on Sunday. Separatist leaders have called for a day long strike to observe the day.

Forces personnel stand guard in an old city area amid curfew like restrictions. KL File Image/Bilal Bhadur.

Officials speaking for the District Administration in Srinagar said prohibitory restrictions under section 144 CrPc shall remain imposed in various Srinagar belts managed by as many as nine police stations. These include the police stations of Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar, M R Gunj, Safa Kadal and Maisuma. Besides, Kralkhud, Kothibagh and Ram Munshibagh police station areas will have partial restrictions. Restrictions is an informal curfew in which movemnet of people is highly regulated.

Various separatist and unionist parties have chalked out special programmes to observe the day. While the Joint Resistance Leadership has called for a day long strike, Yasin Malik, one of the three leaders spearheading it, has already gone into hiding so that he appears in a protest on Sunday. Lawmaker Engineer Rashid has also announced that he will be taking out a “peaceful procession”.

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