No relief for people in SeK, down town as curfew continues for 4th-day today

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People continued to remain confined in their homes in the Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and down town and parts of civil lines, where curfew continued for the fourth day today.
Curfew was imposed in SeK and down town on Saturday morning following strike call by separatist organisations , including both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in protest against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) top commander Burhan Wani and two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag on Friday evening.
The separatists extended curfew for two more days against the civilian killings in security force firing. However, yesterday the separatist extended the strike for two more days till tomorrow, when people will remember the martyrs of 1931 as on this day 22 Kashmiris were killed by Dogra police outside the Central Jail, Srinagar. A UNI correspondent who visited a number of curfew bound areas saw hundreds of security forces and state police personnel strictly implementing the restrictions.
We have strict instructions not to allow anybody to enter the SeK and down town areas, a group of security force personnel said at Khanyar crossing.Despite curfew massive protests erupted at several places in the SeK and down town last evening. There was also a grenade attack on CRPF in Nowhatta area of the city last evening in which 15 personnel were injured. People said they remained confined in their homes as security forces were not allowing them to move out. We are facing acute shortage of essentials, particularly milk, bread, medicine and vegetables. They alleged that vendors, selling vegetables and other essentials were chased away by the security forces while milkmen , coming from outskirts, were sent back. People said they had to drink “Kahwah”, a Kashmiri tea without milk because of the restriction. They complained of shortage of vegetables, forcing them to make ” Tahree”, a yellow rice. However, others managed to get pulses from shopkeepers in the interior areas.Officials said restrictions imposed in areas falling under police stations of Nowhatta, Rainawari, M R Gunj, Safa Kadal and Khanayar in the SeK and down town and Maisuma in the civil lines continued since
Saturday morning.
Security forces and state police personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets, headgear and holding weapons remained deployed to strictly implement the restrictions.
A UNI correspondent who visited some of the areas under curfew, particularly in Nowhatta saw security forces and state police personnel deployed after every ten feet directing people to remain indoor. There was no change in the situation on Nallahmar road from Chattabal to Khanyar as security forces remained deployed to strictly implement the restrictions.
Otherwise busy Nallahmar road besides other road links remained closed at several places with barbed wire. The main road to S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) has also been closed with barbed wire at Eidgah. However, vehicles belonging to health department and those carrying patients were being allowed after properly checking the identity cards of those travelling in them.
People living on both sides of the Nallahmar alleged that they are not being even allowed to move out by the security forces.
Similar situation was witnessed at Khanyar, Rainawari and other areas in the SeK and down town. Security forces remained deployed at Surateang Rainwari where massive protests were witnessed almost daily for the past three days in the evening.
Large number of security forces and state police personnel also remained deployed outside the historic Jamia Masjid in the down town and nobody was being allowed to enter the area. All roads in Nowhatta and adjoining areas wore a deserted look with only security forces keeping a close watch.
Roads leading to Maisuma, where the residence of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is located, also remained closed in view of the restrictions. Nobody was being allowed to enter or leave the Maisuma and nearby localities, where massive protests were witnessed yesterday.However, the main Moulana Azad road, including Budshah Chowk and Residency road was open.
Restrictions have also been imposed on foot bridge connecting Jawahar Nagar and other uptown areas with historic Lal Chowk has also been closed with barbed wire.
Meanwhile, Life remained crippled due to restrictions and strike for the fourth day today in the Kashmir valley, where separatist organizations have extended bandh for two more days tilltomorrow, when people will remember the martyrs of 1931 as on this day 22 Kashmiris were killed by Dogra police outside the Central Jail, Srinagar. Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had jointly called for a strike on Saturday against the killing of top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Burhan Wani alongwith two other militants in an encounter with security forces in Kokernag in south Kashmir district of Anantnag on Friday evening. However, they later extended strike for two more days against the civilian killings in security force firing in the valley during demonstrations.However, authorities imposed curfew restrictions in major areas in south Kashmir districts besides in down town, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and parts of civil lines in Srinagar. Shops and business establishments remained in the valley, including north and central Kashmir, where there are no restrictions.
Traffic was off the roads in curfew free areas in the summer capital, Srinagar. Even three wheelers and cabs which used to ply during strike days in the past also remained off the roads. Hardly any private vehicle was plying on the roads.
Government offices, banks and other public undertakings remained closed. However, educational institutions remained closed due to summer vacation, ending on July 17. A report from central Kashmir district of Badgam and Ganderbal said life remained paralysed for the fourth day today due to strike. A complete shut down has been observed in Charar-e-Sharief, Badgam, Chadoora, Naugam and Kralpora.
Reports of complete shut down were also received from Bandipora, Kupwara, Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara, Palhalan, Pattan and Magam.

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