‘No clashes, shutdown in downtown Srinagar’

SRINAGAR: Refuting reports about clashes and shutdown in downtown Srinagar, a spokesman for the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said business and other activities are normal and traffic was also plying. However, he said few miscreants tried to block the road and close shops forcibly in Nowhatta chowk on Tuesday morning. He said some news portals and groups have been circulating fake news regarding shutdown and clashes in downtown area of Srinagar today. “Those news agencies have not sought any confirmation or verification from the concerned quarters regarding the authenticity of the contents and nothing like that has been witnessed anywhere in downtown area, with the result public is being mislead for unknown reasons by some unknown agencies,” the spokesperson said. He said it is clarified that there have been no incidents of clashes or shutdown in the downtown areas of Srinagar city. However, he said few miscreants pelted stones at some private vehicles on the run at Nallamar road in the morning but due to timely action by concerned police, miscreants were chased away and traffic was restored instantly. All the shops and business establishments are running hassle free and there have been no incidents of clashes in the area since then. He said it is to state that at 1030 hrs few miscreants tried to block the road and close shops forcibly in Nowhatta Chowk. “The police immediately chased them away and normal traffic was restored immediately. There were no clashes and the situation was brought back to normal in no time,” he added.