November 2016 News

DAY 144: Shutdown Continues

29 November 2016
Greater Kashmir
Mudasir Yaqoob

Srinagar: Kashmir Tuesday observed shutdown on day 144 of the ongoing agitation as shops, other business establishments and schools remained closed while government offices remained functional. Unidentified persons hurled a petrol bomb at Government Higher Secondary School Manigam in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district. However it fell in the premises of the school without causing any damage. Some youth reportedly pelted stones on the forces deployed outside the school. The incident occurred at around 11:45 a.m when class 12 students were inside the school writing their annual examinations. Reports said that army was scheduled to organize a Sadbhavna function in the school for which preparations were going at the time of the incident. Hundreds of women took to streets at Main Chowk Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. The women from different areas of the town assembled at Jamia Masjid area where from a peaceful protest rally was taken. The protestors raised pro-Islam, pro-freedom slogans. They also denounced the civilian killings in Kashmir. Separatist leaders, in their weekly protest calendar, had called for women to assemble and occupy local chowks and centres from Zuhr to Asr in their localities. Some youth reportedly hurdled stones on a train in Panzgam, Pulwama. Old Srinagar areas including Nowhatta, Khanyar, Eidgah, Alamgiri Bazar, Soura, Buchpora, Lal Bazar, Sadrabal, Babademb remained shut with thin vehicular movement. In city centre, all shops were shut with vendors opening to a good rush from TRC ground to Hari Singh High Street. Areas in civil lines like Batwara, Sonwar, Dalgate remained shut while Sanatnagar, Jawahar Nagar and Rajbagh remained open. Private vehicles and skeletal public transport plied on roads. Street vendors had installed stocks in main towns of districts while auto-rickshaws also plied. Rush of private transport could be seen on city roads while rural areas saw thin movement of private vehicles. Skeletal public transport from Batwara to Batamaloo and from Hazratbal to Lal Chowk plied while Sumos and Taveras ferried passengers to North and South Kashmir. In the evening, unidentified persons pelted stones at a few places on vehicles. At Peer Bagh, Humhama scores of private vehicles were damaged by stones. All district headquarters observed shutdown but office-goers made it to their respective workplaces. The joint resistance leadership has so far issued 21 protest calendars which included four full-day relaxations on weekends in the last two weeks.