Valley Remains Shut On Day 110

Srinagar: Life remained affected in Kashmir Valley for the 110th consecutive day today due to the strike called by separatists, even as the summer capital continued to witness movement of private transport in some parts.

Over the past week, many people have started venturing out as they are slowly picking up the threads of their lives affected by the nearly four month-long strike, officials said.

The Sunday Market, which usually opens only on Sunday, was open on Wednesday as well and many people went shopping for woollens and jackets in view of the approaching winter.

However, panic spread when dozens of masked youth attacked vendors near Hari Singh High Street with sticks and smashed their merchandize.

A police official described the overall situation in Kashmir as ‘peaceful’. “Traffic in the city has significantly increased, additional traffic police personnel have been deployed at some intersections to ensure smooth flow of traffic,” he said.

Many shops were also open in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city, while many street vendors set up stalls at many places around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

However, normal life continued to remain affected in the rest of the Valley due to separatist-sponsored strike.

While there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, the officials said restrictions on Assembly of four or more people were in place throughout the Valley for maintaining law and order.

They said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable spots and along the main roads as a precautionary measure.

Security forces have also been deployed at many market places to instil a sense of security among the public to carry out their day to day activities, the officials said.

Shops, business establishments and fuel stations remained shut and are not expected to open this evening as separatists have not given any relaxation.

Apart from business and tourism, the ongoing unrest has also affected the education as schools, colleges and other educational institutions continue to remain shut in the Valley.



DCs, Bank Managers Warned On Resuming Duties

Kulgam: A day after unidentified gunmen looted cash from a South Kashmir Bank, militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba  purportedly have threatened Bank Managers of consequences if they open up Bank branches during strike call.

The LeT posters that have appeared in dozens of Kulgam villages have also threatened Deputy Commissioners of dire consequences in case they force government employees to attend the duties.

LeT posters were seen pasted on electric poles, walls and shop shutters in different villages of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district including Tolinopora, Muhammadpora, Panew, Bogam, Koimoh, Kulgam market, Bogund, Katrosu, Srindu and other areas.

“People who try to defy strike calls will not be spared. People can do their business during relaxation hours only. We warn Deputy Commissioners on forcing employees to attend the duties and we also warn Bank Managers not to open up bank branches during strike hours,” the posters allegedly belonging to LeT read.

The posters bore the seal and signature of LeT District Commander.



Masked Youth On Rampage, Damage Vehicles

Over a dozen vehicles, including motorcycles, were damaged by some masked persons for defying strike, called by separatists, at main chowk Pulwama in south Kashmir on Wednesday.

Eyewitnesses said that a group of masked persons appeared at main chowk Pulwama near a hospital, where a large number of private car and two wheelers were parked.

The masked men, carrying lathis in their hands, later damaged over a dozen vehicles before escaping from the spot.

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