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    Fresh restrictions in parts of Kashmir

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    Curbs were imposed in five police station areas of Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safakadal, Khanyar and Maharaj Gunj in downtown (interior areas) and in Hazratbal zone in Srinagar.

    SRINAGAR: The government imposed new restrictions in parts of Kashmir Valley amid apprehensions of protests after Friday prayers. People in Kashmir are keenly following the UNGA developments and are expecting some change in the ground situation after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s General Assembly address.

    J&K authorities erected barricades and concertina wires on all major roads in Srinagar and other towns, halting movement of vehicles and assembly of people.

    The state police imposed curfew in several areas. The office of the United Nations Military Observer Group in Sonawar was put under strict vigil. The J&K administration didn’t allow Friday prayers in Srinagar’s Jama Masjid, where Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq addresses the congregation.

    Communication blockade and partial restrictions in the Valley continued for the 54th day, officials said. During Friday gatherings in many local mosques, people deliberated on the current situation and prayed for the ending of shutdown, with some people protesting in some of the localities.

    On Thursday night, according to a police source, locals in Baramulla torched a BSF vehicle after it crashed into a civilian car driven by police official. The BSF officials managed to rescue their driver. One of the BSF personal was injured in the incident, an official said. In his latest visit to the Valley on September 25 and 26, NSA Ajit Doval directed the administration to ensure peace in Kashmir.
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