No relaxation in curfew, situation peaceful

No relaxation in curfew, situation peaceful

30 November 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Indefinite curfew that was imposed in parts of Srinagar on Wednesday evening after sectarian clashes in old city areas of Srinagar continued despite reports of no untoward incident from anywhere. Normal life was affected in parts of Srinagar as the curfew continued in nine police station areas. There was no relaxation as authorities apprehended trouble in Srinagar city during the Friday congregations and continued with curfew in Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Safakadal, Khanyar, Rainawari, Nigeen, Lal Bazaar, adibal and Parimpora police station areas. There were isolated stone throwing incidents in Zaina Kadal and Fateh Kadal areas of city in curfew bound areas. However, police and para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) chased away the stone throwing youth by using pepper guns. District Magistrate Srinagar, Baseer Khan and senior police and administrative officers reviewed the situation this evening but there was no official word about the relaxation of curfew. However, official sources said here that there will be no curfew tomorrow. However, Police and CRPF personnel will be on standby in the Police Stations across the curfew bound areas. 'In case of any troubled in any area, the police and CRPF will be deployed immediately', sources added. As there was no official word on curfew, the University of Kashmir postponed the sessional tests of M A Urdu, under distance education mode that were scheduled to held on December 1. 'All the sessional tests with regard to M A Urdu (through distance mode ) which were to be held on 1-12-12 , Saturday through Directorate of Distance Education Kashmir University, are postponed . Fresh dated will be notified separately', said a KU spokesperson. The KU had postponed all the examinations on Thursday and Friday following curfew in parts of Srinagar city. Curfew was imposed in parts of Srinagar on Wednesday after sectarian clashes in Hawal and Gojwara areas of Srinagar. Meanwhile, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq has invited various religious leaders for a meeting of Sunni-Shia coordination committee on Sunday to discuss the sectarian clashes. He stressed sectarian harmony. 'The meeting would be held at the residence of senior Hurriyat leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al Moosvi at Badgam', said a statement issued by Mirwaiz here. He said the meeting would discuss the situation and formulate an effective strategy to tackle it. Mirwaiz has sternly castigated the Government for continued curfew. He said that lakhs of people have been held hostage in their own houses. He said that due to restrictions people could not move out of their houses to get essentials and offer the Friday prayers.