Strike Cripples Life In Kashmir

21 May 2009

Srinagar: Life in the Kashmir valley was crippled Thursday due to a general strike called by the moderate Hurriyat Conference coinciding with the 19th death anniversary of Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq. Farooq was killed by gunmen inside his house on May 21, 1990. Shops and businesses were shut and public transport was off the roads in the Jammu and Kashmir summer capital Srinagar and other towns in the valley. However, a few private vehicles were plying on the city roads here. Government offices, educational institutions and banks were also closed in Srinagar, where the state authorities have made elaborate security arrangements to maintain law and order. The death anniversary of separatist leader Abdul Gani Lone was also being observed here Thursday. Lone was gunned down while he was attending a function to mark the 12th death anniversary of the late Mirwaiz near the martyrís graveyard this day in 2002. A rally to commemorate the death anniversary of the late Mirwaiz is scheduled to be held in Eidgah Thursday afternoon. Thousands of supporters of the Hurriyat Conference have started reaching Rajouri Kadal in old city from where the rally is scheduled to begin. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, and other separatist leaders will address the rally.