Strike called by separatists hits normal life in Kashmir

BK Web Desk/Srinagar
May 21, 2017 BREAKING NEWS 377 Views
Normal life was today affected in restriction-free areas in the Kashmir Valley due to strike called by separatists on the death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.
However, the famous Sunday market was unaffected as vendors put up their stalls in this summer capital. Meanwhile, curfew restrictions have been imposed in majority of the areas in downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) in Srinagar, where separatists had urged the people to hold a rally to commemorate Moulvi Farooq and Gani Lone’s death anniversaries. Mirwaiz Farooq was assassinated by some unidentified gunmen on this day at his Nigeen house in 1990 while Lone was shot dead at Eidgah leaving for his home after paying tributes to the Mirwaiz in 2002.
The Mirwaiz is father of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, while Lone is father of senior separatist leader Bilal Gani Lone and Minister in the PDP-BJP coalition Government Sajjad Gani Lone. Shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays, were closed though a good number of private and public vehicles were seen plying on the roads in civil lines and uptown Srinagar. The 3-km-long weekly market from Radio Kashmir (RK), Srinagar, crossing to Hari Singh High Streets (HSHS), including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, attracts thousands of buyers from different parts of the valley. But, the number of customers visiting the market today was considerably less than normal due to curfew restrictions in some parts of the Srinagar and less number of vehicles plying on inter-district routes. Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons, were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters, said a report from Anantnag, where a complete shutdown was observed in support of the strike call.
The situation was no different in other south Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, including in Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama, where shops were closed and traffic was off the roads. Security has also been stepped up along the national highway. A report from Baramulla said life was crippled in this and other North Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where shops were closed though some privates vehicles could be seen plying on roads. Additional security forces had been deployed in north Kashmir to prevent any law and order problem. Even though the bridges connecting old town Baramulla with civil lines is open for vehicular movement, very less number of vehicles could be seen plying on it. A very less number of vehicles could be seen plying on Srinagar-Baramull and Uri Highway.

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