Strike Call, Restrictions Throw Life out of Gear

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley witnessed a complete shutdown on Tuesday in response to the strike call given by Hurriyat (G) and supported by other separatists. Roads and markets wore a deserted look across the Valley and a curfew-like situation was witnessed owing to the restrictions imposed by the administration. Most of the separatist leaders were put under house arrest.

Public transport was completely off the roads while a handful of private vehicles were seen moving about.

All government and semi-government offices were locked. Due to strict restrictions, people were unable to move freely. Barbed wires were used at all sensitive locations including Amira Kadal and Budshah Bridge to restrict the movement.

No untoward incident was reported from any part of the Valley even as authorities deployed heavy contingent of police and CRPF. Thousands of policemen, CRPF and even Army personnel donning riot gears were deployed in the sensitive areas in Srinagar and other towns to thwart any protests.

 “There was no untoward incident in any part of the Valley. We were ready to foil any protest demonstration,” a senior police officer said.

Bandipora, Sopore, Baramulla, Kupwara and Handwara also observed a complete strike. In Bandipora, shops, business establishments and other commercial units remained closed. Traffic also remained off the roads. The town also witnessed heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces.

Complete shutdown was also observed in Sopore. Shops, other business establishments, and government offices remained closed and traffic was off the roads. Authorities had deployed hundreds of police and CRPF men in the district headquarters.

Normal life was disrupted in Kupwara too. 

Reports of a complete shutdown also came in from south Kashmir districts of Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam. Business establishments, government offices and educational institutions remained closed and traffic was off the roads.

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