Restrictions in Old city, Soura; schools, colleges to remain shut today in Srinagar

Authorities decided to impose the restrictions in Srinagar parts including old city on Monday after a militant from Soura, Srinagar was killed along with his two associates in an overnight encounter with government forces in Anantnag district.

Although police did not spell out the reason for imposing the sudden restrictions, administration officials said they apprehended protests following the killing of the militant Mohd Eshan of Soura.

“Restrictions will be imposed in the police station areas of Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Khanyar and Soura as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” a senior official of the administration told news agency GNS.

The official, however, said that all the educational institutions including schools and colleges in Srinagar will remain closed for today.

Three militants, two among them identified as Mohd Eshan of Soura and Owais Shafi of Kokernag were killed in an overnight gunfight with government forces in Hakoora, police had said.