Life remained crippled for the 24th consecutive day today due to curfew, restrictions and strike in Kashmir valley, where separatist organizations have extended strike till August 5 in protest against the killing of civilians in security force firing since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag.
Meanwhile, there was no relief for people living in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and down town, where curfew restrictions continued since July 9.
“Barring in Anantnag town there are only restrictions on assembly of people elsewhere in the valley today,” police said.
Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the present agitation in the valley after the death of Burhan Wani, had extended the strike tillAugust 5.
Police said curfew continued in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of police station Safa Kadal, M R Gunj, Nowhatta and Khanyar while restrictions under Section 144 CrPC will remain imposed in other parts of summer capital, Srinagar.
Restrictions on assembly of people are being strictly implemented in Rainawari, Batmaloo and Maisuma, stronghold of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik, who is detained in central jail.
All roads leading to Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman Mirwaiz remained closed with barbed wire and nobody was being allowed to enter the area. Chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq who address congregation on every Friday at Jamia masjid, remained under house arrest since July 9 morning, though he was taken into custody twice for several hours for defying restrictions in between.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed around the Masjid and nobody was being allowed to enter the premises.
The residents living on both sides of the Nallahmar from Chattabl to Khanyar alleged that they were not being allowed to move out of their homes by the security forces.
Security forces and state police personnel remained deployed after every ten feet to strictly implement the curfew restrictions in the curfew bound areas, where people alleged acute shortage of essentials, particularly vegetables, milk and bread.
Milkmen from outskirts are not being allowed to enter these areas. People are forced to make “Tahree” (yellow rice) besides drink “Kahwah” tea prepared without milk due to non availability of vegetables.
The residents alleged that business and other activities remained paralysed either due to curfew or strike though some shops are open late in the night in the interior parts of the city.
Even doctors and paramedical staff alleged that they are not allowed by security forces to move in some areas in downtown and SeK.
Work in government officers and banks also remained affected while all educational institutes wore a deserted look due to curfew, restriction and strikes.
Meanwhile, security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in large numbers though curfew has been lifted in Maisuma. However, restrictions on assembly of people would continue.
Additional security forces also remained deployed elsewhere in the Srinagar district, where life remained paralysed due to strike. Transport remained off the roads. However, some private vehicles and two wheelers could be seen plying in the civil lines and uptown only. The State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses also remained off the roads.
But, in some areas shops and business establishments are functioning for few areas in the night. The separatist had also asked people to do business in the evening and continue strike during the day tillAugust 5. People in some areas, including in south Kashmir, alleged that security forces did not allow them to open their shops in the evening.
Meanwhile, curfew remained in force in Anantnag town while restrictions elsewhere in south Kashmir.
But, hundreds of security forces and state police personnel, wearing bulletproof jackets and holding automatic weapons, continued to remain deployed to stop protests and maintain law and order situation in Anantnag town.
Security forces also remained deployed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama to implement restrictions on assembly of people in Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian.
Life remained crippled in entire north Kashmir due to restrictions and strike with shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic off the roads.
Hundreds of additional security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in all major towns and tehsil headquarters to prevent any law and order problem.
Meanwhile, a 40-year-old person admitted in a hospital here with serious head injuries received in Anantnag died early this morning.
Meanwhile, curfew restrictions continued in Anantang for the 24th day today to prevent any law and order problem.
Though people alleged that Manzoor Ahmad Bhat was injured after being allegedly hit in the head by security forces at Doonipawa Anantnag police said the deceased had received the injuries while repairing tyre of a vehicle on July 11.
Bhat was admitted in the S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) with a critical head injury. However, he lost the battle today at 0330 hrs, official sources said.
The residents alleged that Bhat was hit in the head with a lathi by security forces when there were pro freedom protests on July 11 when entire south Kashmir was reeling under curfew and massive demonstrations. They questioned the police claim and said there was no question of opening of any shop as entire Anantnag was on boil after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants in an encounter with security forces on July 8 in Kokernag in the district.
However, police said Bhat was injured when a rod hit him while repairing tyre of a vehicle.
Similarly yesterday also police claimed that a youth Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, who died in the SKIMS, was injured after he fell from a tree on July 23 at Sopore.
However, locals contested the police claim and said he was injured after he was beaten by security forces.
Separatist also condemned the security forces and alleged that Dar was beaten by security forces.
However, police said that an FIR has been registered in police station Sopore for spreading rumours about the death of Dar.