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Curfew extended to more areas in Srinagar to foil Khanyar challo

Srinagar, Jun 29 To foil ‘Khanyar Challo’, authorities today extended curfew restrictions to other parts of the summer capital, Srinagar, including civil lines.

However, the District Magistrate (DM) Srinagar, who had imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC on June 26 on the movement of public and transport in Jurisdiction of six police stations in the Srinagar City, said the restrictions will continue till further orders.

The restrictions were imposed a day after the shrine of Peer Dastgeer Sahib at Khanyar was gutted in a fire incident on June 25 morning, evoking massive protests in which about 50 persons, including 15 security and police personnel were injured.

The residents of down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) alleged shortage of essentials because of curfew restrictions for the past four days.

However, today the restrictions were extended to civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, Badshah Chowk and Regal Chowk.

The Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Bashir-ud-din and Peoples Political Party (PPP) chairman Hilal Ahmad War had called ‘Khanyar Challo’ from Lal Chowk today.

Mufti Bashir criticized the government decision to impose curfew said people should have been allowed to have the glimpse of Holy Relic of Peer Dastgeer Sahib and other Holy Tabarokats today after the Friday prayers.

The entire Lal Chowk was sealed from all sides with barbed wire and nobody was being allowed to enter the area, where a large number of security forces and police personnel remained deployed since last night.

The main Amira Kadal bridge was also sealed with barbed wire.

The road leading to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) headquarter and UNI, AFP and Daily Jagran offices was also closed with barbed wire by security forces who were not allowing anybody to enter there.

Strict restrictions were also being implemented in Maisuma, where the headquarter of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) office is located and other adjoining areas, where hundreds of security forces remained deployed asking people to remain indoor.

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