With a severe lock down already in place, the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir imposed fresh restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley as a preventive measure ahead  of Friday congregational prayers, officials said.

Restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPc were announced on public address system. People have been asked not to venture outside and barricades have been placed. Normal life remained disrupted across the Kashmir Valley for the 26th consecutive day, with markets closed and public transport off the roads.

While landline telephone services have resumed in many parts of the valley, mobile telephone services and all internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5 after the Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370, that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcate the state into two union territories.

Since then, most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers, Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have either been detained or placed under house arrest.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti’s mother and sister Rubya Sayeed met her on Thursday at Chashmashahi Resort, where she has been kept under detention.

The first request from her daughter Sana was received in the DC office Srinagar on August 27 and they were informed that no permission was required and the concerned Superintendent would facilitate the visit. Rubya Sayeed reached Srinagar on Wednesday evening and met her on Thursday.

A letter is being circulated by Iltija Javed, Mehbooba’s daughter, which was neither delivered or sent/faxed/ mailed to DC office Srinagar. However, it was received via Signal App on August 27. There has never been any prohibition on family members meeting her, government sources said.