Srinagar, November 25
Life remained crippled due to general strike called by separatists in the Kashmir valley, where very less number of transport had hit the streets today as compared to past one week.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag, have in their last protest calendar extended till December Ist, demanding right to self determination. There is however, full day relaxation in the strike tomorrow and Sunday.
Police said there was no curfew or restrictions in any part of the Kashmir valley though deployment of security forces on ground would continue to maintain law and order. However, the Amira Kadal bridge, connecting Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), a major business hub with historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, was closed with barbed wires from both sides. Nobody was being allowed to cross the bridge. Pedestrains were also being directed to take Budshah bridge route to reach civil lines.
Similarly main road was also closed with barbed wire by the security forces at Gantaghar in the city centre.
Educational institutions continued to witness a good rush of students and parents who had come to collect new books, uniform and other articles from the school management after government announced mass promotion from Ist to 11th class barring 10th class. Shops and other business establishments remained closed in civil lines, including main business hubs of historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Gonikhan, Residency road, Moulana Azad road, Mahraj Bazar, Batmaloo, Iqbal park, Dalgate, Regal Chowk and Budshah Chowk.
However, some private vehicles, besides two-wheelers and cabs, could be seen plying on some routes , especially roads connecting summer capital Srinagar with rest of the districts. However, passenger vehicles were off the roads.
Business and other activities remained paralysed in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK), where large number of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed to prevent any untoward incident.