Two Killed In Accident Caused By Stone-pelting6 November 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Two persons were killed in a road accident caused by stone-pelting in Shopian district even as Kashmir observed a complete strike on the arrival of US President Barack Obama to India to press for resolution of Kashmir issue. A police spokesman said at least two persons died and three others were injured at Nagbal- Zainapora in Shopian district this afternoon. 'Miscreants were enforcing strike and resorting to stone pelting on civil vehicles in area. A load carrier came under intense stone-pelting while it was on its way to Zainapora,' he said. The driver apparently lost control over the steering and the vehicle turned turtle, resulting in on-spot death of Mohammad Ramzan Malik and Javaid Ahmad Bhat and injuries to Mohammad Ismail, Abdul Rashid Naikoo and Khalid Amin Bhat. Police immediately reached on spot and shifted the injured to hospital. Police have taken cognizance of the matter and further investigations are on. Elsewhere, curfew was today lifted from all parts of the Valley but normal life activities remained disrupted as hard line Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a three-day strike to highlight the need for resolution of Kashmir issue during the visit of Obama to India. 'There is no curfew or restrictions in place anywhere in Kashmir valley today. Barring Shopian incident, the situation remained peaceful throughout the day,' a police spokesman said. Curfew was imposed in nine police station areas of Srinagar city yesterday as a precautionary measure as authorities apprehended protests and stone-pelting incidents in these areas after Friday congregational prayers. The main markets in Srinagar city and other towns of the Valley wore a deserted look with shops, business establishments and private offices closed and public transport off the roads. Most of the private schools did not open today and have declared three-day holiday as there have been several incidents of stone-pelting on their buses during the unrest period in which some students have been injured. The Government offices were open but the attendance was thin due to non-availability of public transport facilities. However, some private vehicles could be seen on some routes in the city. Security forces were patrolling different areas of Srinagar and other major towns to maintain law and order and scuttle the any protests by the separatists. Meanwhile, signature campaign launched by the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq last month also came to an end today. A Hurriyat spokesman said documents of the campaign will be sent to Delhi and submitted to the US Embassy when Obama visits the Union capital. The Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat launched the campaign to seek US intervention in resolution of Kashmir issue as the amalgam claimed that bilateral efforts between India and Pakistan have not made any headway in settling the six-decade old dispute between the two nuclear-armed rivals. The campaign also focused on the Hurriyat demand for appointment of a special envoy for resolution of Kashmir issue on the pattern of Middle East and Northern Ireland.