Srinagar A day after several areas in Kashmir witnessed huge crowds of people ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the valley on Wednesday.
Authorities enforced the lockdown, which was already in place, to contain an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases in the Union Territory, officials said.
Government forces have sealed vital roads and erected barricades at many places in Srinagar and other district headquarters to stop unnecessary movement of people.
Markets are shut and public transport is off the roads. Movement of only those engaged in essential services and cases of emergencies is being allowed, the officials added.
They said the restrictions were tightened on Wednesday in the wake of crowds gathering at several places in Srinagar and many other areas of the valley for Eid shopping.
Massive traffic jams were witnessed on Tuesday at several parts of Srinagar including the commercial hub of Lal Chowk with people thronging the markets.
On April 29, the J&K administration imposed a curfew in 11 districts in a bid to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases, which was subsequently extended to all the 20 districts the next day.
The curfew, which was supposed to end at 7 a.m. on May 3, was extended in the twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar besides Budgam and Baramulla till May 6.
However, the authorities in other districts of the Kashmir valley also ordered extension in the restrictions first till May 6 and then till May 10. The restrictions were again extended till May 17. (PTI)