Day 32: Curfew, restrictions, strike continues in Kashmir

Business and other activities remained paralysed for the 32nd day today due to curfew and restriction on assembly of people besides strike called by separatist organizations in protest against the killing of 57 people in security force firing in Kashmir valley since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.

However, today the curfew restrictions have been extended in Maisuma locality in the heart of the city, stronghold of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). Security forces had closed all roads leading to Maisuma, including from Budshah Chowk, Gaw Kadal and Red Cross road with barbed wire. But, nearby Haji Masjid road was open though it also wore a deserted look with all shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic off the roads.

Additional security forces and police personnel remained deployed in the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, to prevent any demonstration or procession. However, the business and other activities remained paralysed in the city, including main business hubs and traffic off the roads. Hardly any two wheelers or private vehicle could be seen.

Security forces could be seen deployed on both sides of the Moulana Azad Road, being used by the VVIPs, including Chief Minister, her cabinet colleagues and top bureaucrats to reach Civil Secretariat, seat of the government.

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