Government on Tuesday imposed curfew-like restrictions in old city of Srinagar in view of the shutdown call by resistance leaders against the arrests made by NIA in “terror funding case”.

The District Magistrate has ordered restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC in the old city area including Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal.

Contingents of police and the Central Reserve Police Force have erected barricades at all the entry points of old city areas disallowing vehicular movement in all the areas where restrictions have been imposed.

While there is no movement of traffic in old city areas and the shops and business establishments are shut, there is a considerable movement of public and private transport in other parts of Srinagar.

Similar reports of mixed response to the shutdown call were received from other district headquarters of Kashmir.

The protest shutdown was called after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested seven Hurriyat leaders in the “terror funding” case.

The arrested include Altaf Ahmad Shah, son-in-law of Geelani, and Ayaz Akbar, spokesman of the Geelani-led Hurriyat group, and Peer Saifullah, Personal secretary of Geelani. The others include Nayeem Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shahid-ul-Islam, close aide of Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mehrajuddin Kalwal.


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