Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH):Hazratbal sealed, normal life disrupted
Srinagar, Nov 10:
Authorities on Sunday sealed all roads leading to the Hazratbal Shrine here as
a precautionary measure to maintain ‘law and order’ in view of the Supreme
Court ruling in the Ayodhya case and Eid-Milad-un-Nabi, officials said.
on Saturday imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPc in the entire Union
territory of Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the court’s verdict.
also disallowed major Eid-Milad-un-Nabi processions celebrating the birthday of
Prophet Mohammad on Sunday and no such gathering was allowed at the Hazratbal
Shrine which houses the holy relic of the Prophet, they said.
Before this, all
major religious functions were disallowed in Kashmir including the traditional
Khoje-Digar prayers at the shrine of Hazrat Naqshband Sahib at Khojebazar area
of Srinagar’s old city.
congregational prayers have also been disallowed at the historic Jama Masjid
here since the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 and to
bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.
remained affected across the valley for the 98th day on Sunday as public
transport was off the roads markets opened only for few hours till noon, the
using fear mongering to put down any resistance to the unannounced shutdown,
which has now entered its fourth month,” they said.
“There have been
consistent efforts to enforce shutdown in areas where shops are open or
roadside vendors are plying their trade,” they added.
said two grenade attacks in the city’s busy Goni Khan market and Kaka Sarai
areas recently were an indication that there were concerted efforts to keep the
said, shops and other business establishments opened early in the morning in
most areas including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk, but downed their
shutters around the noon.
The weekly flea
market, locally known as ‘Sunday Market’ was open as several dozens of vendors
set up their stalls on the TRC Chowk-Lal Chowk road.
said while most modes of public transport were off the roads, few
auto-rickshaws and inter-district cabs were plying in some parts of the valley.
phones and all Internet services continued to remain suspended since 5 August.
Most of the top
level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive
custody while mainstream leaders including two former chief ministers — Omar
Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained or placed under house
arrest. The government has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha
MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety act.