Normal life partially crippled in Kashmir


Even though there was no strike call given by separatists , normal life remained partially paralyzed in Kashmir, where a complete shutdown was observed yesterday on the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.
Police said restrictions under section 144 CrPC continued to remain in force in the down town besides some parts of civil lines since yesterday, when separatists had called for a strike on the fourth death anniversary of Guru, who was hanged and later buried in Delhi Tihar Jail in 2013.
However, police said the restrictions have been extended to more areas, including falling under the jurisdiction of police station Maisuma, Kothibagh and Ram Munshi Bagh to maintain law and order in view of UNMOGIP office challo call by separatists.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), demanding right to self determination have today urged people to march from historic Lal Chowk to United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office at Sonawar after Friday prayers. However, there was no strike call.
But, shops and business establishments remained partially closed and a very less number of vehicles were plying on roads in restriction free areas in the summer capital, Srinagar and adjoining areas.
Work in government offices, banks and other commercial establishments and a public undertaking was also affected in the valley, where very less number of vendors could also be seen on the roads. The situation was no different in uptown, where a less number of shops were open and very few vehicles were plying on roads.
Meanwhile, curfew like restriction continued to remain imposed in the down town, besides Maisuma in the civil lines. Roads leading to historic Lal Chowk and Gantaghar, venue for today UN march, were also closed with barbed wire and no one was allowed to enter the area.
The Amira Kadal bridge, leading to Lal Chowk, was also closed for any traffic movement and people were being directed to take Budshah Chowk to reach civil lines.
A report from apple township of Sopore said life was partially crippled in this and other north Kashmir towns and Tehsil headquarters.
Shops and other business establishments remained partially closed and very less number of vehicles were plying on roads in north Kashmir, where work in government offices and banks was also affected. Additional security forces had been deployed in Sopore and other major town to prevent any law and order problem.
Meanwhile, the bridges connecting old town Baramulla with civil lines have been opened for vehicular movement though large number of security forces remained deployed to maintain law and order. Vehicles were also seen plying normally on Srinagar-Baramull and Uri highway.
A large number of security forces remained deployed at Palhalan, Pattan and Narbal to prevent any stone pelting incident and protests after Friday prayers.
Security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons, remained deployed in this and other major towns and Tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir, a report from Anantnag said.
Business and other activities were partially paralysed and few vehicles were plying on roads. Additional security forces have been deployed on both sides of the highway which remained open for only one-way and traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar .
Normal life also remained partially paralyzed in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.