Strike Calls Evoke Partial Response

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SRINAGAR: The strike call by the Hurriyat Conference and other separatist groups Sunday to protest the landing of Indian Army in Kashmir this day in 1947 evoked a partial response in the capital and other major towns of Kashmir. 

The heart of Srinagar city was abuzz with activities as people in large numbers visited weekly ‘Sunday Market’ and markets in interior and uptown remained open.

Barring a few stray incidents of stone pelting in the Old City and Baramulla town, the day passed off peacefully.

According to reports, most of the shops and other businesses like petrol pumps and private offices remained closed in the city and major towns of the Valley. However, there was little impact of strike call in uptown like Jawahar Nagar, Raj Bagh, Solina, Ram Bagh, Natipora, Sonawar, Dalgate and Maharaja Bazar. Most of the shops and business establishments in these areas remained open.

Hundreds of people from different localities thronged Sunday Market in Lal Chowk Srinagar. Vendors and slop sellers did their routine business during the day, said Sohail Ahmad, a vendor.

However impact of shutdown was greater in the old city areas where public transport remained off the roads and majority of shops remained closed. Some educational institutions remained open on account of annual examinations of Class 8th. However private transport was plying normally.

Hundreds of policemen donning riot gear were deployed in the sensitive areas in Srinagar and other towns to thwart any possible protest.   

Amid shutdown, scores of youth resorted to stone pelting on police and CRPF personnel near Sheraz Cinema.     

Reports said that normal life was hit in Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian districts of south Kashmir. However, private transport was seen plying on the roads. Shops, and other business institutions remained closed.

In north Kashmir life was paralyzed in Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Handwara and Bandipore areas. But thin private traffic plied on the roads. Situation remained calm in volatile area of Sopore.

However, in General Bus Stand Baramulla clashes erupted between youth and police after scores of youth pelted stones of police and CRPF personnel.

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