Day 47: Life remains crippled due to curfew, restrictions, strike in Kashmir

Day 47: Life remains crippled due to curfew, restrictions, strike in Kashmir






Day 47: Life remains crippled due to curfew, restrictions, strike in Kashmir


Srinagar : Life remained crippled for the 47th day today due to curfew and restrictions imposed by the authorities and strike called by separatists in protest against the killing of 67 people in security force firing since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander and two militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag. Barring the downtown, Shehr-e-Khas (SeK), some localities in the civil lines, Batmaloo and Anantnag, day curfew has been lifted, while restrictions on assembly of people will continue elsewhere in the valley, where separatists had called for strike till tomorrow. Majority shops selling essentials, including vegetables, milk, bread and pulses besides tea and confectionery, reopened in most of the curfew-free areas in the city and outskirts early today, when a number of three-wheelers and some passenger vehicles could also be seen plying in the civil lines and uptown or the first time since July 9. A number of meat and chicken shops were also seen doing normal business early in the morning. However, as the day progressed, shops were again closed and passenger vehicles went off the roads again.


There was no relief for the residents of SeK and downtown besides Maisuma, Kralkhud and Batmaloo, who remained confined in their homes due to strict curfew restrictions. ''Since curfew restrictions had been extended during the night hours also, we are facing acute shortage of essentials,'' the residents of curfew-bound areas said. '' Untill last week we were getting essentials, particularly milks and vegetables, from outskirts and other areas in the evening when security forces were withdrawing after day curfew, they added''. Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation, had also urged shopkeepers to resume normal activities after 1800 hrs till 0600 hrs next morning so that people are able to purchase essentials. Chairman of hardline HC Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is under house arrest, has already warned people to be ready to face more hardships in days to come after the Centre rushed more security forces to impose 24-hour curfew restrictions.

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