Strike cripples life in parts of south Kashmir


Srinagar, Jun 19: Life was on Tuesday crippled due to strike in south Kashmir district of Kulgam and Anantnag while partial bandh was observed in Pulwama.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Kulgam, where a youth Aijaz Ahmad Bhat was killed and another youth was injured when security forces allegedly opened fire to disperse demonstrators at village Akhran last evening. Work in government offices, banks and other establishments was affected due to strike. Majority educational institutions also remained closed as a precautionary measure, official sources said.
However, additional security forces and state police personnel were deployed in the main Kulgam town and other sensitive areas to prevent any law and order problem. The authorities have also suspended mobile internet service in the district to prevent spread of any rumours.
Life was also partially affected in Pulwama, where business and other activities remained this morning. However, as the day progressed some shopkeepers closed their establishments as a precautionary measure, source said adding very less transport service was also plying on some routes, fearing stone pelting.
However, traffic was plying normally on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, though additional security forces had been deployed at Pampore, Awantipora, Bijbehara and other places to prevent any stone pelting.
Life returned to normal after business establishments were closed this morning in Shopian. Shops and business establishments are functioning now normally and traffic is also plying on all routes though movement of vehicles was affected in the morning.
Meanwhile, life was affected in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, where people are observing the death anniversary of Mirwaiz of south Kashmir Qazi Nissar, who was assassinated by unidentified gunmen at Dialgam on this day in 1994.
Qazi Yasir, who heads the Ummat-e-Islami has called for a strike and urged people to join a rally in the afternoon..
Business and other activities remained paralysed and traffic was off the roads. Work in government offices, educational institutions and banks was also affected due to strike
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order in the town.