Jamia Masjid open for devotees

Srinagar : Curfew-like restrictions, imposed in the downtown as a precautionary measure on Thursday when a youth died in security force action during Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Noorbagh area of the city, were lifted.

All gates of historic Jamia masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) which were closed to prevent any demonstration, are open.

Yesterday, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for a general strike and urged people to hold demonstrations against the death of the youth Mohammad Saleem Malik. However, the authorities have put under house arrest Mirwaiz and detained Malik to prevent them from leading protest marches.

Additional security forces and state police personnel deployed on all main and link roads have been withdrawn and barbed wire and other road blocks also lifted.

Restrictions were imposed early Thursday in the downtown area of the city as a precautionary measure after a 24-year-old Mohammad Saleem Malik died in security force action during CASO at Noorbagh area of the downtown.

The main Nallahmar road from Nawa Kadal to Khanyar, which was closed for any traffic or pedestrian movement, are now open and vehicles are plying normally.

Shops and business establishments are open and traffic was plying on all routes. Government offices and educational institutions were also working normally.

All roads leading to historic Jamia Masjid which were closed are open and security forces deployed in the Jamia market and adjoining areas have also been withdrawn.

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