Valley Shuts on UCC Call


SRINAGAR: Businesses across Kashmir valley remained shut Friday in response to the strike, called by United Consultative Committee (UCC) to demand return of the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was executed and buried inside Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9. 

After Friday prayers small processions came out from various places as authorities had not imposed curfew or restrictions in any party of the Valley.

In the Srinagar normal life was disrupted due to strike call. However, some localities in uptown of the city witnessed less impact of the strike call. 

Shops, other business establishments, courts, tuition centers remained closed in support of the strike call.

Public transport was also off the roads, however private vehicles were seen plying on some roads of Srinagar.

Most of the roads in Srinagar wore a deserted look and the government forces in large numbers were witnessed patrolling the streets. 

The localities where strike had a partial impact included Sonwar Bazar, Batwara, Shivpora and colonies like Rajbagh, Jawahir Nagar, Barzalla, Hyderpora and Sanatnagar.

In the Budgam and Ganderbal districts of central Kashmir, the strike shut markets. Even the transport was not plying on the link roads in these districts.

In south Kashmir’s Shopian ,Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and in North Kashmir’s Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara districts life was affected due to strike. In Trehgam area of Kupwara, the home town of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat, a huge procession was taken out after Friday prayers which were led by the brother of slain leader. 

Peaceful after Friday processions were also reported from Maisuma, Hyderpora, Sopore, Sumbal, Hajin, Kupwara, Handwara, Shopian, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Pulwama, Budgam and Pakherpora.

Apprehending trouble, the authorities deployed heavy contingents of police and CRPF in all major towns of the valley. The authorities said that no untoward incident was reported from any part of the Valley and the day passed off peacefully.

The effect of strike was witnessed mostly in the rural areas of central, south and north Kashmir and reports said even the traffic was not plying in these areas. 

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