Kashmir Shuts For Second Day Consecutive On Geelani’s Call7 September 2011
Srinagar: For the second consecutive day Wednesday, Kashmir valley remained shut in response to the 2-day strike called by hard-line separatist leader Sayed Ali Geelani. Life across Kashmir valley was hit for the second running day today due to a shutdown called by Geelani and the on-going pen-down strike of the state government employees.. Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar and the attendance in government offices was thin. The state government employees are already on strike. The employees are demanding payment of arrears in accordance with the recommendations of the sixth Pay Commission, regularisation of daily wagers and raising their retirement age from the existing 58 to 60 years. Private transport, however, moved normally in uptown areas of Srinagar city. Some private schools also functioned normally. Geelani has been placed under house arrest by the police in his uptown Hyderpora residence Meanwhile, Geelani has released a video to counter the claims of the authorities that he is fomenting violence in the Valley. The video shows Geelani addressing a gathering at Verinag in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 20 this year. He is talking about the historical background of the “Kashmir dispute, illegal detentions of political leaders and human rights violations” Suddenly, there is disruption and people run away as policemen chase them. “Video belies the claims of the occupation authorities that pro-freedom leaders disrupt peace by making provocative speeches. It also vindicates our stand that our programmes are peaceful and police are targeting our gatherings without any provocation,” said spokesperson of Geelani’s faction Hurriyat Conference. He said that there had never been a law and order problem anywhere in the territory because of the Hurriyet leaders. “It is police machinations and cruel tactics that create disorder and disturbance after peaceful public meetings. The authorities are planning to keep Syed Ali Geelani Hurriyet leader under house arrest forever and the official spokesman’s statement is aimed at paving way for it,” he maintained.