Life crippled in Kashmir due to strike against killing of youth

Life crippled in Kashmir due to strike against killing of youth
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Srinagar, May 6: Life was crippled on Sunday in the Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for a general strike against the death of a youth after he was run over by a bullet proof police vehicle in the down town Srinagar Saturday, when three militants were killed by security forces in an encounter in the down town.
Police have registered a case and initiated proceedings after initially denying that the youth Adil was hit by police vehicle. Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has also directed police to take stern action against the guilty police driver after the visuals of the incident were uploaded on social media networks.
The famous “ Sunday Market” in the heart of the summer capital, from Radio Kashmir, Srinagar to Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, wore a deserted look today as vendors stayed away in response to strike call.
Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and downtown, besides some areas in Civil Lines and old city in Srinagar as a precautionary measure following strike called by separatists.
Shops and business establishments, which are functioning on Sudays, were closed and traffic was off the road in Civil Lines and uptown Srinagar though few private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in restriction-free areas. However, thousands of students to appeared in NEET examination 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.
Joint Resistance Alliance, comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, had called for strike against the killing of Adil.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir districts of Kulgam and Pulwama to maintain law and order.
Shops and business establishment were also closed and traffic was off the roads in Shopian and Anantnag in support of the strike. Massive protests were witnessed in Shopian, where five Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants, including a top commander, were killed in an encounter Sunday.
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 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.