Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions were imposed today in most parts of Kashmir Valley to foil separatists' plans to hold protests to observe the first death anniversary of Parliament-attack convict Mohd Afzal Guru.
Barring Handwara in north Kashmir, all major towns in the Valley have been put under security restrictions with heavy deployment of CRPF and police personnel aimed at thwarting any protests, official sources said.
Section 144 of CrPC, which bans assembly of four or more persons, has been imposed in several districts, including Srinagar, sources said, adding that the situation has so far been peaceful with there being no reports of any untoward incidents in the Valley.
Mobile internet services, too, were snapped in the Valley today as part of the precautionary measures.
Internet services on mobile phones and plug-in devices were suspended early this morning although broadband connections through landline phones were functioning as usual.
There was no official explanation for the move, but sources said that the services may have been temporarily withdrawn to prevent their use for the spreading of “rumours”. Guru was hanged and buried inside Delhi's Tihar jail on February 9 of last year.