Restrictions imposed to prevent anti-poll protests in Srinagar

December 19th, 2008 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Dec 19 (IANS) The separatist joint co-ordination committee Friday called for anti-poll shutdown and protests, leading again to imposition of restrictions here, an official said. The co-ordination committee of both the separatist Hurriyat groups headed by hardliners Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq asked people to observe a total shutdown and hold anti-poll protests in Srinagar city.

The voting for eight assembly constituencies in Srinagar is scheduled for Dec 24 in the seventh and final phase of the staggered elections in Jammu and Kashmir.

Markets, banks, traffic and other routine day to day activities remained suspended in the city as heavy deployment of the police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was made by the authorities to prevent violence and clashes in the city Friday.

“The restrictions are purely preventive to ensure that miscreants do not create any law and order problem in the city.

“These restrictions are only for trouble mongers and not against peace-loving citizens. Strict orders have been issued to ensure that the people be facilitated for offering the Friday prayers throughout the city,” a senior police officer told IANS here.

It must be mentioned that the separatists are actually warming up their resistance programme to dissuade the voters in the eight seats of Srinagar city from exercising their franchise.

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