Life comes to halt in Kashmir due to strike on Bhat’s death anniversary

11 February,Srinagar


Life came to a grinding halt as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in Kashmir valley due to a strike called by separatist on the death anniversary of founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.

The famous weekly Sunday market, which usually remains unaffected during strikes, also remained closed in the summer capital, Srinagar though some roadside venders, including vegetable and fruit sellers, could be seen at Jehangir chowk.

All roads leading to United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) office in Sonwar have been closed since early Sunday morning to foil separatist plan to present a memorandum to the UN Secretary General.

Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Safa Kadal and Khanyar in the down town and SeK since Sunday morning as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem. Restrictions have also been imposed in some areas under the jurisdiction of police station Kralkhud in the old city and Maisuma in civil lines.

Shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays, were closed and traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar. However, few private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in the city.

Business and other activities were crippled in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve-centre of summer capital, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, 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 many sensitive areas in the city and outskirts to prevent any untoward incident.

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