Srinagar, April 16
Normal life was affected on Sunday in the valley due to a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of a 22-year-old allegedly in firing by BSF soldier in Batamaloo.
Business at the weekly flea market was also hit as vendors chose not to put up their stalls.m Similar reports of strike being observed in other district headquarters were coming in, the officials said.
The separatists, including the chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference – Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – and JKLF chief Yasin Malik had called for a shutdown to protest the killing of Sajjad Ahmed, a resident of Chandoosa area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Ahmad was killed when Border Security Force opened fire opened fire on a group of people hurling stones at them at Reka chowk in Batamaloo area.
Farooq Wani, a resident of Batmaloo told Press Trust of Kashmir that “I tried to go out of my house to purchase bread and milk in the morning, but the security force personnel outside my residence directed me to remain indoors.
If this is not curfew, I don’t know what it is”.
Meanwhile, shops and business establishments were also closed in main business hubs in the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of summer capital, Budshah chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Moulana Azad road, Residency road and Dalgate.
Police spokesman said that while there were no restrictions in place anywhere in Srinagar security forces were deployed in strength in Batamaloo and other sensitive areas of the city to maintain law and order.