Officials said parts of Kashmir shut down on Friday in retaliation for two now-suspended BJP leaders’ provocative remarks about Prophet Mohammad, and that authorities turned off mobile Internet as a precaution.
To ensure peace and order, they claim that security officers have been deployed in significant numbers at sensitive areas around the city and Valley. The old city, often known as Downtown Srinagar, was completely shut down, and there was no public transit.
However, traffic in Lal Chowk, Batamaloo, and the neighboring areas continued to flow, while offices and schools remained open. Officials added that authorities have banned Internet access on mobile devices in some areas as a precautionary measure to prevent rumor-mongering, but that no untoward incidents have been recorded so far in the Valley.