Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir Valley today after authorities imposed curfew ahead of a planned march by hardline Hurriyat activists to the residence of their chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani at Hyderpora here.

Curfew was imposed last night as a preventive measure as authorities apprehended violence during the march to the residence of Mr. Geelani, who has been under house arrest for almost a month now, officials said.

They said restrictions had to be clamped keeping in mind violent clashes during such marches in the past.

Masrat Alam, the underground aide of Mr. Geelani, has given the call for the march to protest the house arrest of the Hurriyat Chairman.

A large number of security force personnel have been deployed across the city, officials said, adding curfew was strictly being implemented in civil lines areas of the city, especially areas adjoining Hyderpora.

Elsewhere in the Valley, similar restrictions have been imposed on the movement of the people in order to maintain law and order.

A police spokesman said instructions have been issued to all concerned security force personnel to treat examination admit cards of students and identity cards of the staff of the education department as curfew passes.

This has been done to ensure that examinations are held smoothly and students do not face any difficulty on account of the restrictions, he said.

The spokesman said the situation across the Valley was so far peaceful.