Strike Hits Life In Kashmir

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SRINAGAR (ONS) – Normal life was hit in Kashmir on Monday by a strike called by the chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and the JKLF over the High Court’s life sentence to detained separatist Dr. Muhammad Qasim Faktoo.

Supported by the UJC and the Lashkar-e-Tayyab, the strike shut down main commercial centres in Srinagar and outlying towns, closed schools and offices, and kept public transport off the roads.

Authorities had moved in police and paramilitary forces in sensitive areas in the city and towns to tackle possible protest demonstrations.

Reports from South Kashmir said that life remained disrupted in all the four districts. Strict security arrangements had been made in Anantnag with heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces in riot gear.

Reports from the Gandarbal and Budgam districts said that normal business remained affected in the areas, with several schools, banks and offices remaining closed.

Business and everyday life remained disrupted in the northern districts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipur as well, reports said

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