July 2001 News

Strike hits life in Kashmir

27 July 2001
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: A Hurriyat Conference-sponsored strike, against what the organisation called an increase in ''state-terrorism'', threw normal life out of gear in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley on Friday. The day-long strike, supported by pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit, was near total as streets wore a deserted look with people preferring to remain indoors in response to the call, official sources said. Though authorities had made additional security arrangements, all shops and business establishments remained closed throughout the valley. Public transport was off the roads and only a few private vehicles were seen plying on some routes in addition to the security vehicles and patrol parties, the sources said. They said work in government and semi-government establishments was badly affected, while courts, banks, educational institutions and other departments were closed. There was no bandh-related violence from any part of the valley, the sources said adding peaceful protests against the increase in ''custodial killings'' and alleged high-handedness of security forces were reported from various parts of the valley after Friday prayers.


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