Shutdown, curbs cripple life for 3rd day

The normal life in Valley remained affected for the third consecutive day on Tuesday by the restrictions imposed by authorities and strike called by separatists against the militant and civilian killings.
Authorities imposed restrictions in Khanyar, Nowhata, Rainawari, Safakadal, M R Gunj areas in downtown and partial restrictions in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas in uptown Srinagar.
The police and CRPF men were deployed in strength in these areas to enforce restrictions to foil anti-India protests.

The cops had placed barricades and coils of concertina wires on the roads to prevent any public assembly.
However, clashes broke out at Zaldagar area of downtown after youth pelted stones on the force personnel, who were withdrawing from the area in the evening.
The cops fired tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting youth.

Mild clashes also took place in Habakadal area in downtown Srinagar this morning.
In south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag districts, contingents of police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force personnel were deployed at sensitive points to prevent protests.
In Kulgam, youth threw stones on forces while they were withdrawing from Kakergund, Yaripora area after conducting cordon and search operation. Protests were also reported from Bonigam, Gazigund and Shangus area of Kulgam district.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in the Valley today.
All shops, business establishments, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed while public transport remained off the roads.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had extended strike today also against civilian and militant killings.

The Valley has been observing shutdown since Sunday against the militant and civilian killings.
The mobile internet service remained suspended in Srinagar and south Kashmir for fourth consecutive day.
The internet services were snapped after the gunfight broke out between militants and force personnel in Chatabal area in downtown Srinagar on Saturday.

The train services from Banihal to Baramulla and class work in schools, colleges and universities also remained suspended for third day in a row in view of prevailing situation in Valley.
Reports said clashes erupted between youth and forces in Nagabal area of Shopian after body of Iqbal Ahmad Bhat, who succumbed to injuries in a hospital today, was brought home.
According to locals, some youth threw stones on a forces camp in the village. The forces fired tear smoke shells and pellet in which two youth sustained injuries.
Doctors at Zainpora hospital said they received two injured youth—one hit by pellets in right eye and another had smoke congestion.
The pellet hit youth was referred to Srinagar hospital for treatment, they said.

javid@risingkashmir.com

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