Srinagar: Authorities in Jammu and
Kashmir on Thursday announced imposition of curfew in parts of the
summer capital tomorrow to scuttle attempts by Shia mourners
to take out the Muharram procession through the city.
The decision to impose curfew in the areas falling
under seven police stations was taken by the district
administration, officials said.
They said the curfew will be strictly imposed tomorrow
in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Police
stations Kothi Bagh, Maisuma, Kralkhud, M R Gunj, Safa Kadal,
Nowhatta and Khanyar, covering major parts of the city.
The imposition of curfew coincided with the threat of
chairman of moderate Hurriyat Mirwaiz Umer Farooq that he will
defy the restrictions on his movement and will offer Friday
prayers at Jamia Masjid.
Mirwaiz could not offer Friday prayers at the historic
mosque, falling under the jurisdiction of Police station
Nowhatta, for over one month due to his house arrest.
A spokesman of the traffic control said there will be
no traffic movement from Jehangir Chowk to Dalgate bridge via
Maulana Azad road in view of the curfew.
"Traffic will not be allowed from Jehangir Chowk-Hari
Singh High Street-Residency Road up to Radio Kashmir
Crossing," the spokesman said.
He said there will be no traffic movement tomorrow in
old city areas as well due to the imposition of the curfew.
Meanwhile on the eve of Muharram, Governor N N Vohra
and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah paid tributes Hazrat Imam
Hussain and his companions, who sacrificed their lives and
tolerated worst kind of atrocities at Karbala in Iraq to
safeguard righteousness, humanity and justice.