Normal life crippled in Kashmir due to strike against civilian killing

Normal life crippled in Kashmir due to strike against civilian killing


Normal life crippled in Kashmir due to strike against civilian killing


Srinagar: Normal life was crippled as shop and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in restriction-free areas in Kashmir valley due to a day long strike called by separatists today against the killing of a youth in security force firing. Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had called for a strike today in protest against the killing of a youth, Adil Farooq, on Tuesday in security force firing in south Kashmir district of Shopian. The authorities have already ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Meanwhile, restrictions under section 144 CrPc have been imposed within the areas falling under seven police stations of Srinagar district, including Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, MR Gunj, Rainawari in downtown and Kralkhud in the old town, Maisuma in civil lines, besides main in main towns of Shopian in south and Ganderbal in central Kashmir to stop protests. Authorities have also suspended class work in all educational institutions today in view of the strike in Kashmir valley, where train service has also been suspended as a precautionary measure. Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though few private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in restriction-free areas. Business and other activities remained crippled in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve-centre of summer capital, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, 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 in restriction-free areas to prevent any untoward incident. Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in restriction free areas in major towns and tehsil headquarters to stop protests against the killing of the youth, said a report from south Kashmir, where shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in support of the strike. Meanwhile, security has been stepped up along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway to prevent any protests. A report from Baramulla said life was crippled in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where shops were closed and traffic was off the road in support of the strike. Additional security forces have been deployed in entire north Kashmir to prevent any law and order problem. Life also came to a grinding halt in central Kashmir district of Budgam in support of the strike called by separatists.

Share it
Top