Internet suspended, restrictions imposed as Separatists call for strike in Srinagar


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Restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar and internet suspended in Srinagar and Budgam as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the wake of a strike called in by Separatists to protest the death of a youth during clashes between protesters and the security forces.

Besides the suspension of the internet services, network speed has been reduced in four districts of south Kashmir. Train services in the Valley have also been suspended for the day.

Separatists called for a strike across Kashmir on Saturday to protest against the recent civilian killings. The strike shut down business establishments, including fuel stations. Public transport remained off the roads.


The strike has been called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik.

A 21-year-old youth, identified as Kasier Bhat, succumbed to injuries he had received after he was allegedly hit by a vehicle belonging to security forces during clashes in Nowhatta area of the city.

The J-K police said that curfew and restrictions under section 144 have been imposed in seven police station areas of the city, which include Rainawari, Safakadal, Khanyar, MR Gunj, Maisuma and Kralkhud.

Private schools remained shut but private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying in the areas where there were no restrictions.

(With inputs from agencies.)