Srinagar: Residents of the Kashmir Valley woke up to a communication blackout and restrictions imposed on the movement by the armed forces after Syed Ali Shah Geelani passed away at his home last night.
Barricades and paramilitary personnel were deployed in the city while civilians were not allowed to commute.
“There is very heavy deployment on the streets. I could not go out,” a resident of Srinagar told Free Press Kashmir.
Except a few government-owned BSNL networks, all mobile connections were snapped at night. Mobile internet services remain shut in the Valley.
The administration imposed restrictions on movement and communication after Hurriyat stalwart Syed Ali Shah Geelani passed away. Geelani was 92 and had been under house detention since 11 years.
The IGP while speaking to the press near Geelani’s residence last night said that only the relatives of Geelani will be allowed to attend the funeral.