Strike cripples normal life in Kashmir

Strike cripples normal life in Kashmir
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Srinagar, Nov 27: Normal life was on Monday crippled in restriction-free areas in Kashmir Valley due to a day-long strike called by separatists against the alleged ill treatment of Kashmiri detenues in jails within and outside the state.
Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and areas falling under two police stations in the civil lines and old city since early Monday morning.
Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though few private vehicles, besides cabs and three-wheelers were plying on some routes.
All educational institutions remained closed while rail service has been suspended as a precautionary measure following strike called by separatists in the valley.
Business and other activities remained crippled in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve-centre of summer capital, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, Moulana Azad Road, Residency Road and Dalgate.
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.
Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had called for a strike in protest against the alleged ill treatment of Kashmiri detenues in jails within and outside the state and frequent search operations in south Kashmir.
Life also came to a grinding halt in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in support of the strike called by separatists.
A report from Anantnag said life was crippled in this and other south 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 south Kashmir, including Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian, to prevent any law and order problem. Security has also been stepped up along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway to prevent any protests.
Meanwhile, hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters to stop protests, said a report from north Kashmir, where business and other activities were crippled and traffic was off the roads in support of the strike.