Life returns to normal after day-long strike in downtown


Srinagar, May 27: Life returned to normal on Sunday after remaining crippled due to a strike on Saturday in downtown Srinagar against security force action on Friday in which about 12 persons received pellet injuries at the historic Jamia Masjid and frequent imposition of restrictions by the authorities in the area.
However, police said that security forces showed utmost restraint, despite injuries to several personnel, including two senior officers, during clashes with protestors after Friday prayers outside Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar.
Shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays in main business hubs in the downtown — including Jamia Market, Rajouri Kadal, Nowhatta, Gojwara, Pandan and Khwaja Bazar — reopened and traffic was plying normally since early today.
Even though there was no strike call given by any separatist organization, shop and business establishments were closed on Saturday in many areas in downtown in protest against Friday’s security force action and frequent imposition of curfew-like restrictions in these parts of Srinagar. However, traffic was plying normally and educational institutions, government offices and banks were functioning normally.
On Saturday, hundreds of shopkeepers also assembled at Jamia Masjid, stronghold of Mirwaiz, raising slogans against the government. They alleged that they are doing business only for two to three days in a week due to restrictions.
Meanwhile, Moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Umar Farooq alleged that heavy deployment of security forces around Jamia masjid in downtown Srinagar leads to tension and agitation.
Immediately after Friday prayers were over in the historic worship place, massive clashes took place between demonstrators and security forces.