Life across Kashmir Valley remained disrupted for
the fifth day today due to a strike called by Grand Mufti of the state over
gutting of the 200-year-old Dastageer Sahib shrine even as restrictions
continued on movement of people in the old city.
In view of the proposed march to the gutted shrine today,
government has placed the Grand Mufti Bashiruddin Ahmad, his deputy Mufti
nasir-ul Islam and the entire separatist leadership under house arrest.
"The Grand Mufti and other members of the state muslim
Personal Law Board have been placed under house arrest. We condemn this action
of the government," Islam, who is also a member of the board, told PTI.
Police sources said top separatist leaders, including
chairmen of both factions of the Hurriyat Conference, have also been placed
under house arrest as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in the
The Grand Mufti had called for a march to the Dastageer
Sahib Shrine, which was gutted in a fire incident on Monday.
He had also called for a two-day strike, which will end
Schools, colleges, offices, shops and other commercial
establishments remained closed due to the strike.
Public transport was off the roads in most parts of the
Valley but some private vehicles could be seen on roads.
Attendance in government offices was also thin.
As a preventive measure to maintain law and order, Srinagar
District Magistrate Baseer Ahmad Khan has ordered imposition of restrictions on
movement of people and transport in six police station areas of the old city.
The police station areas where curfew-like restrictions have
been imposed include Khanyar, Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and
While clashes erupted on Monday between protestors and
police after the shrine was gutted in a fire, the Valley observed a shutdown on
Tuesday on a call given by separatist groups. A spontaneous bandh was observed
The state government has ordered a probe into the fire
incident and announced that the shrine will be reconstructed.
Additional policemen and CRPF personnel have been deployed
in the old city and other vulnerable areas of the city like Maisuma to maintain
law and order.