Complete bandh in valley against terror law
28 November 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: The Valley observed a bandh on Wednesday in protest against the government’s use of the Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance.Anantnag, Pulwama and Baramulla observed a complete bandh. A partial bandh was observed in Kupwara and Handawara.The strike call from the Kashmir Bar Association, was endorsed by several militant organisations, all government offices, educational institutions and business establishments. Public and private transport was off the roads, cutting off all district headquarters from Srinagar. In the Old City, police had to resort to lathicharge and smoke bombs to disperse demonstrators, who were pelting stones at passing private vehicles.Endorsing the strike call, former Hurriyat chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, pointed out that Poto was yet to be enacted by the Centre. He accused the state government of being ‘‘more English than the king’’. The message from the Valley, he said, was that people would not tolerate laws like Poto.Describing the implementation of Poto as an ‘‘act of terror,’’ militant leader Shabir Ahmad Shah said the implementation of the law would have far-reaching consequences.