Kashmir: Life comes to grinding halt due to strike

Kashmir: Life comes to grinding halt due to strike






Kashmir: Life comes to grinding halt due to strike


Srinagar:  Life today came to a grinding halt as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road in entire Kashmir valley due to a strike called by separatists against death of a youth in security force firing. A police official told that there was not restriction in any part of the valley though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order and stop protests. However, business and other activities were crippled and traffic was off the road in summer capital, Srinagar and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in Kashmir valley. But, few private vehicles could be seen plying on some routes, particularly in civil line in the city. Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheaded the agitation. Even though authorities said that no restrictions have been imposed anywhere in the valley, the situation was entirely different in Batmaloo, where a youth died in security force firing yesterday. People alleged that security forces were not allowing them to come out of their houses since morning. “I tried to go out of my house to purchase bread and milk in the morning, but the security force personnel outside my residence directed me to remain indoors. If this is not curfew, I don’t know what it is,” Bilal Sheikh, a resident of Batmaloo told UNI over the phone. Meanwhile, shops and business establishments were also closed in main business hubs in the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of summer capital, Budshah chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Moulana Azad road, Residency road and Dalgate. Additional security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and lathis in their hands, were seen patrolling the streets to prevent any untoward incident. Majority of the streets wore a deserted look in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) with all shops and business establishments remained shut and traffic off the roads, where large number of security forces remained deployed to maintain law and order.

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