Kashmir clampdown: Friday remained peaceful, weekend to face restrictions in sensitive areas

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Kashmir clampdown: Friday remained peaceful, weekend to face restrictions in sensitive areas

Strict restrictions were reimposed in the Kashmir Valley soon after Friday prayers and are likely to continue to avoid any form of trouble in the newly formed Union Territory, said J&K administration.

As a part of restriction, big mosques are likely to remain shut while local mosques in the colonies will be open to offer prayers.

The move came after scores of separatist leaders called on the people of J&K to march to the local United Nations military group office in the Valley.

The decision also comes after sporadic incidents of violence and stone-pelting were reported from Downtown, Srinagar and some other areas.

Amid rumours of 'UN Chalo' protest and violence expected in Srinagar, heavy security has been deployed in sensitive areas.

Days after heavy lockdown, curbs were eased in various parts of the Valley earlier this week. Telephone services were also revamped. However, markets remained closed and mobile internet services suspended for the 18th day on Thursday.

Restrictions were heavily imposed in the Valley soon after the Centre revoked all the provisions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which granted special status to J&K and split it into two Union Territories-Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh.

Several leaders from the Valley, including National Conference (NC) Farooq Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti, have been kept under preventive custody following the Narendra Modi-led government's decision to abrogate Article 370.