Srinagar, Aug 31: Life returned to normal on Monday in Srinagar, where authorities had imposed restrictions at several areas, including civil lines on Sunday, to prevent Ashura procession on the 10th day of Ist month of Islamic calendar Muharram.
Additional security force and police personnel deployed on Sunday, were withdrawn today. All barricades and other roadblocks were lifted. The road leading to historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, which was closed yesterday, was open today. Similarly, the Amira Kadal bridge, connecting Hari Singh High Street (HSHS) with civil lines was also open and security forces have removed the barbed wire.
Security forces have also removed all roadblocks at Abi Guzar in the civil lines from where mourners were taken out Ashura procession on 10th of Muharram to Imambara in the downtown. However, Ashura procession in the city is banned since the eruption of militancy in the early 90s for security reasons.
Roadblocks at Maisuma and Haji Masjid have also been removed. Barbed wire on Exchange road, leading to UNI, Daily Jagran and BSNL office has also been removed.
Shops and business establishments reopened in the civil lines and other business hubs in the Srinagar city as per schedule issued by the district administration. Transport was also plying on all the routes. Similar reports were also received from other parts of the city.