Businesses Hit Due to Strike

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Stray stone pelting incidents reported from some places

SRINAGAR:  Business activities were hit in the Kashmir Valley due to the strike called by the Muttahida Majlis-e-Mashawarat (MMM) as per its weekly protest programme. 

Though major markets and educational institutions remained closed in most of the parts of Srinagar, private transport plied smoothly and on many routes stray passenger buses were seen plying.

MMM had called for a complete shut down on Thursday to protest the denial by the  Central Government to return the mortal remains of Afzal Guru and Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.

Most of the shops, petrol stations remained shut in Lal Chowk, Maisuma, Badshah Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Goni Khan, Maharaja Bazar, Iqbal Park, Saraibala and in many major old city markets. 

However most of the banks functioned normally.

Most of the shops were seen open in uptown areas of Srinagar including Jawahar Nagar, Raj Bagh, Solina, Ram Bagh, Sonawar and Batawara. Three-wheelers plied in Srinagar as usual.

Skeletal public transport was seen on highways and some major outlying roads. 

Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were deployed at several places in the city to thwart any protests. Nowhatta, Bohri Kadal, Kawdara, Gojwara and many other parts of old city wore a deserted look. Stray incidents of stone pelting occurred in many parts of Down Town including Safa Kadal, Kadi Kadal and Nawab Bazar.

Complete shutdown was observed by people in South Kashmir’s Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts. Tral, Pampore, Kakapora, Bijbehara and Khanbal. 

Stray incidents of stone pelting were reported from some parts of Kulgam. Scores of youth pelted stones on police and CRPF personnel in Bijbehara. However no one was injured in these clashes. Youth also resorted to stone-pelting in Qazigund.

Life was also affected in North Kashmir’s Bandipore, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Kupwara districts. Other towns of North Kashmir including Handwara and Kangan also witnessed strike, however in some parts of Ganderbal districts shops and business establishments remained open.

Strike call had no effect on tourist vehicles as dozens of vehicles carrying tourists to hill stations of Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg moved smoothly. 

The vehicular traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway also remained normal. 

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