November 2017 News

Strike Hits Life In Kashmir, Restrictions In Srinagar

27 November 2017
Kashmir Times
Majid Nabi

Srinagar: Normal life in Kashmir valley including Srinagar was affected today due to the shutdown called by separatists. Restrictions were also imposed in some parts of old city of Srinagar. Shutdown call was given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising octogenarian resistance leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik as a mark of protest against alleged inhuman treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various jails and alleged atrocities by security forces in south Kashmir. All the shops, educational institutions including schools and colleges remained closed with traffic too off the roads; however skeletal movement of private vehicles and cabs could be seen on deserted roads. Attendance in government and semi-government offices and banks was also thin as most of the employees could not make it to their respective workplaces due to non-availability of public transport. Reports of less traffic were also received from other district headquarters of the Valley. However inter-district transport mainly cabs connecting the summer capital with other districts of the Valley were plying. Authorities had imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPc in few police station areas of Srinagar city including Rainawari, Safakadal, Nowhatta, Khanyar, and M.R Gunj followed by partial restrictions in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas to prevent people from holding protests. Police also arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik from his Maisuma residence early morning while Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house detention at his Nageen residence. Octogenarian resistance leader and Chairman of his faction Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani continues to remain under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence in the uptown city. Although the situation remained comparatively calm with no reports of clashes from anywhere, women suffered pellet injuries after clashes broke out between government forces and youth at Hajin area in north Kashmir's Bandipora district. Reports said that protests erupted at Hajin Township after the Army's 13 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Jammu and Kashmir police's special operations group (SOG) and CRPF personnel of 45 battalion launched CASO in Bon Mohalla Hajin. The injured woman who was fired with pellets in legs was immediately removed to nearby Community centre for treatment. Meanwhile the CASO was called off as no contact was established with the militants. A CRPF personnel was also injured in a petrol bomb hurled by youth at Safakadal area of old city this evening after clashes erupted between youth and government forces in the area. Authorities had blocked all the roads leading to old city with iron barricades and spools of razor wires while contingents of paramilitary CRPF and police were deployed on all major road junctions of city to maintain law and order. Similar reports were received from other districts of the valley including, Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama where complete shutdown was observed on the Joint Resistance Leadership call. Reports from central Budgam, Ganderbal and northern districts including Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla said people observed complete shutdown with all shops, business establishments closed and traffic off the roads.