Normal life disrupted in Srinagar due to curfew Srinagar

Normal life was today disrupted in the city as curfew continued in nine police station areas following sectarian clashes.

In view of the situation, the Kashmir University has postponed all examinations scheduled to be held today.

"All the Kashmir University examinations scheduled to be held today have been postponed.

Fresh dates will be notified separately," a university spokesman said.

The District Magistrate, Srinagar, had yesterday imposed curfew in the nine police station areas of the city after sectarian clashes broke out near Hawal area in the old city.

Curfew has been imposed in Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Safakadal, Khanyar, Rainwari, Nigeen, Lal Bazaar, Zadibal and Parimpora police station areas.

A police spokesman said that police had taken cognizance of the skirmishes between two communities in Zadibal area of the city.

Civil and police administration were monitoring the situation.

"There are no reports of anybody getting injured.

However, sporadic incidents of stone pelting were reported yesterday," he said.

Hawal, Gojwara and adjoining areas have become flash points for sectarian violence over the past couple of years during Muharram processions.

Meanwhile, no Friday prayers were allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid in curfew-bound Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar.

A large contingent of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in the area who prevented people from gathering at the grand mosque.

Chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq appealed to people to maintain calm and unity and not to fall prey to the "nefarious designs" of those bent upon dividing people on sectarian lines.

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