HC's Strike Call: Schools, Govt Offices Remain Open In Kashmir24 November 2010
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Educational institutes and government offices in Kashmir remained open on Wednesday inspite of the strike call given by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, even as security forces were deployed in sensitive areas to maintain law and order. Shops and business establishments in the main markets in Srinagar and other major towns of the valley remained closed and public transport went off the roads in response to the strike. However, educational institutions including private schools ignored the strike and witnessed near total attendance. Work in government and semi-government offices, banks and courts was also conducted smoothly but most of the private offices remained closed, official sources said. Barring a stone-pelting incident in uptown Srinagar, the law and order situation in the valley remained peaceful. A small group of youth pelted stones on the passing vehicles at Natipora but they were chased away by police who alongwith CRPF personnel were deployed in strength in the area, the sources said, adding, nobody was hurt. 'There was no report of any other untoward incident reported from anywhere so far,' they said. Kashmir valley has been in the grip of long spells of shutdowns and curfews after protests over the killing of a teenager in Srinagar on June 11 spilled over to other districts of the valley. Hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, which spearheads the agitation in the valley, had given a call for shutdown today as part of its weekly protest calendar to press for withdrawal of troops from Jammu and Kashmir.