Srinagar: Normal life was today affected in the valley due to strike called by separatists against the killing of a civilian in security force firing in the frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara on April 27.
A police official told UNI that there was not restriction in any part of the valley though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order and stop protests.
However, business and other activities were crippled and traffic was off the road in summer capital, Srinagar and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in Kashmir valley. But, some private vehicles, besides cabs and three wheelers, could be seen plying on few routes, particularly in civil line and uptown in the city.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheaded the agitation, demanding right to self determination, had called for a strike today against the civilian killing.
Meanwhile, shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays, were also closed in main business hubs in the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of summer capital, Budshah chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Moulana Azad road, Residency road and Dalgate. Additional security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and lathis in their hands, were seen patrolling the streets to prevent any untoward incident.
Hundreds of security force personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and lathis in their hands, have been deployed to maintain law and order in Kupwara, where one person was killed and several others were injured when security forces opened fire to disperse demonstrators, who were demanding bodies of two militants gunned down by the Army in an encounter on April 27. Three soldiers, including an officer, were martyred and five others were injured on April 27 as the Army foiled a fidayeen attack on its camp in Kupwara, where shops remained closed and traffic was off the roads today.
Reports of a complete shutdown were also coming from other tehsil headquarters and north Kashmir towns, where traffic was off the road and business and other activities were crippled in support of the strike called by separatists.
Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, including in Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama. Security has been stepped up along the national highway, which remained open for only one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar for the second successive day due to Darbar Move.
Similar reports of shutdown were coming from central Kashmir district of Budgam and Ganderbal.