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Restrictions in parts of Srinagar, shutdown affects normal life

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Srinagar, May 21: Shutdown together with restrictions imposed in parts of the summer capital Srinagar in view of the separatists’ plan to hold a march to Eidgah martyrs graveyard for paying tributes to slain Hurriyat leaders Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone affected normal life across the Valley Tuesday .

The district administration had imposed restrictions in Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Maharajgunj and Safa Kadal police station areas of the old city.  Police and paramilitary forces were also deployed in large numbers at vulnerable places in the city and elsewhere in the Valley for maintaining law and order.

The separatists had called for a shutdown in Kashmir and asked people to march to Eidgah martyrs graveyard to mark the death anniversaries of the slain Mirwaiz and Lone.

However, authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house-arrest.

Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq was killed on this day in 1990 and Abdul Gani Lone, father of former minister Sajad Gani Lone and Hurriyat-M executive member Bilal Gani Lone, fell to the assassins’ bullets during a commemoration function for the slain Mirwaiz in 2002.

Elsewhere, normal life was affected across the Valley due to the strike called by the separatists.

Business establishments, schools, colleges and other educational institutions remained closed while public transport was off the roads in most parts of the Valley.

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