Shutdown, restrictions affect life in Valley


Srinagar,Life was partially affected in Kashmir Valley on Saturday due to a strike called by the separatists and restrictions imposed by the government in some city areas.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed in Srinagar’s commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining localities besides other areas where restrictions remained imposed. Elsewhere also while majority shops remained closed, but some shops and roadside vendors went about their business as usual.

While public transport remained affected, private vehicles plied. Minibuses also plied on certain city routes.

Reports of shutdown were also received from other district headquarters of the Valley.

Separatist trio of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for shutdown today against the killings of civilians by the government forces.

JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested from his residence earlier today while Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house-arrest yesterday. Geelani continues to remain under house-arrest.

Restrictions were imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar to prevent protests and rallies against the killings.

Officials said strict restrictions under Section 144 CrPC were imposed in Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal police station areas of the city, while partial curbs were in force in Kralkhud and Maisuma areas.

“The curbs have been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order and to avoid any untoward incident,” the officials said, adding however that the restrictions were not applicable to government employees, universities, essential services like banks or individuals taking or invigilating examinations.