Srinagar, Dec 10: Srinagar, Dec 10: Normal life came to a grinding halt as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road in Kashmir due to a strike called by separatists on International Human Rights Day against alleged rights violation by security forces in the valley.
Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown besides some areas in the civil line Srinagar to maintain law and order following strike called by separatists on International Human Rights (HR) day against alleged HR violation by security forces in the valley.
Similarly, restrictions were imposed on Friday to prevent any law and order problem following call by separatists to hold demonstrations after prayers against US decision to declare Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
Meanwhile, all gates of historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, have again been closed since Sunday morning to prevent devotees from entering the worship place.
Police said that restrictions under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in the areas under the jurisdiction of police station M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari and Khanyar in the down town and SeK. Similar restrictions have also been imposed in some areas falling under the jurisdiction of police station Kralkhud in the old city, Maisuma, Ram Munshi Bagh and Kothibagh in the civil lines.
However, the situation on the ground was entirely different as security forces have closed all main roads with barbed wire and directed people to remain indoor since early this morning. The main Nallahmar from Tarabal, Nawa Kadal to Khanyar police station had been closed and nobody was being allowed to enter the vast area. Security forces have closed the road with barbed wire and parked bullet proof vehicles at Nawa Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Bohri Kadal and Braripora. Similar restrictions have been imposed at Nowhatta, Khawaja Bazar, Gojwara and other main roads.
People living on both sides of the Nallahmar road alleged that milkmen and vegetable sellers were not allowed to enter from outskirts while bread-makers could not open their shops due to restrictions as security forces were directing people to remain indoor as curfew had been imposed since this morning.
All roads leading to historic Jamia Masjid were again closed since this morning. Large number of security forces and state police have been deployed in the Jamia market and nobody was being allowed to enter the area. Similar restrictions were imposed on Friday when “ Joint Resistance Leadership” comprising Geelani, Mirwaiz and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, had asked people to hold demonstrations in their respective areas after Friday prayers against the US move to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The famous Sunday market, which remained unaffected by strikes called in the last about two months, also remained closed. Train service has also been suspended on Sunday for security reason in the valley.
Shops and business establishments, which are functioning on Sundays, were closed and traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though few private vehicles, besides cabs and three-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in restriction-free areas. The Amira Kadal bridge on river Jehlum, connecting Hari Singh High Streets (HSHS) with historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, was closed. However, pedestrians were being allowed from one side while vehicles were directed to longer Budshah bridge route.
Life was also crippled in main business hubs of the city, Lal Chowk, 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.
The weekly Sunday market, which remained unaffected due to strikes called in the last about two months, was closed as security forces have closed the 3-km-long stretch at various places, including Radio Kashmir (RK), Srinagar, Regal Chowk and historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city. Roads leading to Maisuma were also closed at different places to prevent people from coming out or going there.
All roads to United Nations Military Observer for India and Pakistan (UNMOIP) at Sonawar were also closed with barbed wire to prevent separatists from going there to present any memorandum there.
Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) and JKLF had urged people to observe a complete shutdown against alleged rights violations on Sunday — the World Human Rights Day.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters to stop protests on the ‘Human Rights Day’, 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.
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 was also crippled in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in support of the strike called by separatists.