Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll: Shutdown paralyses Kashmir after security force action on stone-pelters

10 April, Srinagar

Life was crippled on a strike called by separatists against firing by security forces on anti-election protestors, when bypoll was held for the high-profile Srinagar parliamentary constituency.

Authorities, official sources said, imposed restriction on assembly of more than four people in some parts of Budgam, Ganderbal and downtown Srinagar.

Internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) broadband, also remained suspended for the second day Monday.

Official sources told UNI that restriction under Section 144 CrPC have been imposed in some parts of central Kashmir, including Chadoora, Chrar-e-Sharief, Kawoosa, Sogam and Dawlatpora in Budgam and Barsoo and adjoining areas in Ganderbal. Besides, restrictions have also been imposed in some parts of downtown Srinagar.

Business and other activities were crippled in Srinagar and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in the Valley in response to the strike sponsored by separatists. However, some private vehicles, including two-wheelers, could be seen plying on few routes in the city, particularly in civil lines.

Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference have called for a two-day strike from today against the eight civilian deaths in firing by security forces.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of summer capital, Budshah chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh HighStreet (HSHS), Batmaloo, Moulana Azad road, Residency road and Dalgate.

All roads leading to Maisuma, a stronghold of separatists, were closed though pedestrian movement was allowed. Yesterday, a complete shutdown was observed on separatist call on poll day.

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