Srinagar, July 13
Normal life came to a standstill in restriction-free areas in Kashmir valley due to a strike called by separatists on 86th death anniversary of 22 martyrs, killed during Dogra rule outside the central Jail, Srinagar in 1931. Meanwhile, curfew like restrictions imposed in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and Down Town Srinagar yesterday have been extended to more areas in the old city and civil lines, including Maisuma, as a precautionary measure to prevent any violence.Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though few private vehicles, besides cabs and three-wheelers could be seen plying on some routes in restriction-free areas. Government offices and banks remained closed because of martyrs day holiday while educational institutions are observing summer vacation in the valley. Business and other activities remained crippled in main business hubs of the city, including Regal Chowk, 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. Mobile internet also remained suspended for the second successive day today as a precautionary measure in Kashmir valley, where train services have also been suspended for security reasons.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters to stop protests on Martyrs’ Day, said a report from south Kashmir, where shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in support of the strike. A report from Baramulla said life was 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. Additional security forces have been deployed in entire north Kashmir to prevent any law and order problem.