Restrictions imposed in Srinagar to prevent protests over GST, 144 continues in parts of the state
Srinagar, July 1: Restrictions have been imposed in certain parts of Srinagar on Saturday to prevent protests against the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the state, as the new system of tax came into being on July 1. Reportedly, Muhammad Yasin Khan, the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) President has called for protests and a statewide shut down thereafter.
Jammu and Kashmir are the main states yet to make the last approach the GST as the country`s greatest assessment change was taken off on last midnight of Friday. Shops and open transport stayed closed since Saturday morning. Be that as it may, the development of pioneers to the Amarnath Cave Shrine stayed unaffected by the shutdown call. Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) workforce in full mob outfit were conveyed in the territories – Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R.Gunj, Safa Kadal – set under confinements.
While the Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits assembly of four to five men at a place, is still continuing to remain in force in Nowhatta, M R. Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal districts of Jammu and Kashmir Srinagar city. District Magistrate (Deputy Commissioner) Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Lone has imposed the restriction as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident in the Kashmir Valley.
Following the Hurriyat call for protests after Friday prayers against the US decision to label United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin as a “global terrorist”, the old city of Srinagar remained under restrictions on Friday. Apprehending large-scale protests in the old city, the authorities imposed Section 144 in Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal police station areas. The civilian movement was also disallowed in these areas.Kashmir has been witnessing a strong spell of sporadic violence after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016.