Strike affects normal life in Valley

Strike affects normal life in Valley

Srinagar, Nov 19: Normal life was affected on Sunday due to strike called by separatists against daily Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) by security forces and killing of militants in the valley.
However, famous Sunday market remained unaffected as hundreds of vendors have put up stalls in this summer capital.
A top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander, believed to be nephew of the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was among six militants killed by security forces in a fierce encounter on Saturday in north Kashmir district of Bandipora. One Indian Air Force (IAF) Garud was also killed in the encounter.
Shop and business establishments, which are functioning on Sundays, remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Kashmir valley, including restriction free areas of Srinagar. However, private vehicles, besides cabs and three-wheelers, were plying normal in restriction free areas in this summer capital.
Officials said that restrictions under Section 144 CrPC continued for the second successive day on Sunday in the areas under the jurisdiction of police Parimpora, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj and Rainawari in the downtown and SeK in Srinagar.
“Partial restrictions also remained imposed in Maisuma in the civil lines and Kralkhud in the old city,” they said.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and public traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, besides cabs, were plying normally in restriction-free areas.
Additional security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and lathis in their hands, were seen patrolling the streets in restriction-free areas to prevent any untoward incident.
The 3-km-long weekly Sunday market witnessed good number of customers, purchasing items, including warm cloths, from vendors, who have set up their stalls from Radio Kashmir (RK), Srinagar, crossing to Hari Singh High Streets (HSHS), including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city.
A report from Baramulla said life was crippled in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where shops were closed and traffic was off the road in support of the strike. Additional security forces have been deployed in entire north Kashmir to prevent any law and order problem.
Life also remained crippled in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in support of the strike called by separatists.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters to stop protests, said a report from south Kashmir, where shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in support of the strike.
Security has also been stepped up along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway to prevent any protests.