Restrictions in civil lines, roads to historic Lal Chowk closed

Newspoint Bureau
Srinagar, December 2
Restrictions have been imposed in some parts of the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, Srinagar, where business and other activities remained paralysed due to separatist strike.
However, police said there is no restriction of curfew in any part of the Kashmir valley. All roads leading to Maisuma, stronghold of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) near here have been closed with barbed wire at Budshah Chowk, Haji Masjid, Gaw Kadal, Red Cross road and Madina Chowk.Vehicles were being directed to take Moulana Azad road for going to down town. Large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed to prevent any law and order problem.
Panic gripped in Lal Chowk and Gantha Ghar, the nerve centre of the city, when security forces closed all roads leading to the chowk.
Vehicles were being directed to take Lala Rukh road after security forces closed the main Gantha Ghar with barbed wire. However, pedestrians were being allowed. Security forces had also closed roads leading to Lal Chowk at several places, including Aftab Gali.
The busy Amira Kadal bridge over river Jehlum, connecting main business hub Hari Singh High Street (HSHS) with Lal Chowk has also been closed as security forces had put barbed wire on both sides of the bridge. People were being directed to take Budshah bridge to reach to civil lines.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in the main business hubs at Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Polo View, Regal Chowk, HSHS, Gonikhan, Mahraj Bazar, Maisuma, Residency road and Moulana Azad road. Private transport and some passenger vehicles was plying on Moulana Azad road only since Maisuma and Lal Chowk remained closed.

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