Srinagar: Authorities have decided to put restrictions in downtown Srinagar tomorrow in the wake of a ‘chalo’ call by the pro-freedom leaders. The weekly protest ‘calendar’ issued by the resistance group asked people to “march one and all towards Jamia Masjid on Thursday evening” and to observe this Friday as “the day of independence (Youm-e-Istiqlal)” for the historic Masjid.
The police, however, had deployed forces today at different places in downtown Srinagar, though civilian movement was not restricted, locals said.
Talking to Kashmir Narrator, Director General Law and Order, SP Vaid said that the restrictions are only to “maintain law and order” in the area.
“We don’t want to impose restrictions on civilian movement but the weekly calendars issued by the separatists force us to do it. Since they have asked people to march towards downtown after Maghrib prayers on Thursday, that is why we deployed forces,” Vaid added.
He also said that the deployment of government forces will be stopped when there will be “some betterment” in the situation,