Day123: Impact of strike less in city, more in town

United News of India/Srinagar
November 8, 2016 0 Comments TOP STORIES 176 Views
Day123: Impact of strike less in city, more in town

Separatist strike impact was felt less in Srinagar though near normal hartal continued in other major towns for the 123rd day today in the Kashmir valley, where several thousand people, mostly youths , were arrested for their alleged involvement in stone pelting during the past four months.
There was no curfew or restriction in any part of the valley though adequate security deployment continued to maintain law and order.
However, gates of historic Jamia Masjid remained closed with security forces and state police personnel deployed to prevent anyone from entering the area.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in Anantnag,, have already extended the strike till November 10.
The separatists have asked women to hold rallies in their respective areas today, when there will be relaxation in the strike from 1600 hrs to 0700 hrs tomorrow.
Meanwhil, chairmen of HC Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and JKLF Chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik are holding a joint meeting with leaders of different trade organisations, transporters, civil society members, religious, social and political organizations, bar association and educationists at Hyderpora residence of Geelani to discuss future course of action.
The decision to hold todays meeting with all stake holders was taken by the separatist leaders on Sunday.
Though life looks near normal with good number of private vehicles and pedestrian on the majority roads, shops and business establishments remained closed and public transport still missing. However, three wheelers and dozens of cabs were operating from different parts of the city to district and tehsil headquarters in the valley.
There was no major change in the situation in the civil lines as business and other activities remained paralysed, including at major business hubs of historic Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Gonikhan, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Residency road, Moulana Azad road, Dalgate and Exhibition. However, some vendors, particularly selling vegetables and fruits besides warm and woolen cloths besides utensils could be seen at several places.
Educational institutions remained closed though some students were seen collecting their roll number slips as Board of School Education (BOSE) has decided to go ahead and hold 10th and 12th class examinations from November 14.
A UNI correspondent who visited a number of city areas saw large number of security forces and police personnel remained deployed in the city, including Residency road, Moulana Azad road, Maisuma and other areas. Similar situation was witnessed in other parts of the civil lines, including Batmaloo, HSHS, Dalgate and Gonikhan.
There was no change in the situation in and around the historic Jamia masjid, where all gates remained closed and security forces could be seen deployed in the Jamia market.
Large number of police and security force personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons, remained deployed on the Nallahmar road and other SeK and Down Town areas to prevent any law and order problem.
There was no major change in the situation in the uptown where business and other activities remained crippled and traffic was off the roads. However, private vehicles were seen plying on Airport road though very less in number. Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed to maintain law and order.
Situation remained almost unchanged in major towns and tehisil headquarters in major towns in the Kashmir, where the impact of strike was felt more as compared to Sriangar.
A report from Baramulla security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in this and other north Kashmir towns, where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, private vehicles could be seen plying with security forces remained deployed to prevent any law and order problem.

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