Restrictions in Srinagar after protest call by separatists


SRINAGAR, Feb 17: Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city on Saturday to prevent a separatist-called protest, police said.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has called for the protest against shifting of local detainees to jails outside, murder of a separatist activist by unidentified gunmen and deteriorating rights situation in Kashmir.
Shops, other businesses and public transport remained shut in the city and other district headquarters of the Kashmir Valley, the police said.
Train services between Jammu region’s Bannihal town and Baramulla in the Valley were also suspended for the day. Police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers in full riot gear have been deployed in areas placed under restrictions.
However, clashes between protesters and government forces erupted at Narbal area of Budgam district on Saturday. Local sources said that youth pelted stones on vehicles plying on the road which created panic in the area.
"Soon government forces rushed to the spot but youth pelted stones on them as well," they said.
Forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the stone pelting protesters however police sources said that situation turned to normal immediately.

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