November 2016 News

Kashmir Shuts Again After 2 Business Days

21 November 2016
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: After two days of business on the weekend, life in Kashmir was affected again on Monday as the business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed on the call of the unified separatist leadership. The shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and educational institutions remained closed while there was lesser movement of traffic on the roads. The vendors were seen doing business either on footpaths or on the roads. The impact of strike was visible in every part of the Valley. A police official said police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in strength in sensitive areas of Srinagar and other parts of the Valley to maintain law and order and foil anti-India protests. He said the security men maintained tight vigil and ensured that no untoward incident took place. Reports of complete shutdown were received from south and north Kashmir while Ganderbal and Budgam districts in central Kashmir too observed strike. Kashmir has been witnessing unrest and shutdown after killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. At least 94 people have been killed, more than 13,000 injured and over 8000 arrested in the Valley during last over four months of unrest. The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, who are spearheading the ongoing agitation, are giving weekly protest and shutdown calendars since July 9. In the last protest calendar issued by them on Wednesday last, they had announced two full day breaks on weekends. It was after 133 days of shutdown that normalcy returned briefly in Valley on Saturday and Sunday during which markets were abuzz with activities and public transport was also back on the roads.