Srinagar, Jul 8: Normal life remained crippled for the second successive day as shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays, were closed and traffic was off the roads due to a strike called by separatists and restrictions imposed by authorities in Kashmir valley.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, had urged people to observe a complete shutdown on Sunday on the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and killing of three civilians, including a girl, in security force firing on Kulgam on Saturday.
Curfew-like restrictions remained imposed for the second day on Sunday within the areas falling under police stations of Srinagar district, including Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, MR Gunj, Rainawari in downtown to maintain law and order.
Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions were extended to parts of south Kashmir, including Tral, Pulwama and Kulgam towns.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though very few private vehicles could be seen plying on some routes in restriction-free areas.
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.
All roads leading to Tral, the hometown of Wani, who was killed in an encounter by security forces on July 8, 2016 in Anantnag, remained closed for the second day on Sunday.
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 enforce curfew like restrictions and stop protests on Wani’s death anniversary and against the killing of three civilians in security force firing on Saturday. People alleged that they remained confined to their houses since Sunday morning in view of restrictions imposed by the authorities. “Security forces have been making announcements through loudspeakers since early this morning, directing people to remain indoors,” Rameez Khan, a resident of Kulgam, said.
Even though there were no restrictions in Anantnag, business and other activities remained affected in view of the strike called by separatists. Life also remained crippled in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in support of the strike called by separatists.
A report from Baramulla said life remained 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 for the second successive day on Sunday. Additional security forces have been deployed in entire north Kashmir to prevent any law and order problem.