Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir Valley on 89th day of mass uprising that started with the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant commander Burhan Wani in July while police continued its crackdown against the protesters and arrested 76 more in last 24 hours.
According to GNS, hundreds of forces men were deployed in three police station areas of Srinagar’s Old City – MR Gunj, Nowhatta and Khanyar – since early morning and these areas wore a deserted look. The other areas of the Old City were also under continous forces’ siege. There was however civilian movement without any disruption in all these areas.
In Civil Lines and uptown area of the Srinagar, extra-ordinary movement of private transport and pedestrians was seen since early morning but all the shops, commercial establishments and educational institutes were closed. Besides, the vendors had set up their stalls at Batamaloo, Lal Chowk, Dalgate, Sonwar, Jehangir Chowk, Exhibition crossing and Jawahar Nagar. The forces were deployed at sensitive areas in strength.
In the evening, all the markets across Srinagar opened in the wake of resistance programme of deal in strike after 5pm. The city markets including Lal Chowk witnessed huge rush of people and there were reports of heavy traffic jam from many civil lines areas.
Repors said that a complete shutdown was also observed in other parts of the Valley including in south and north Kashmir district. According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, the situation across the valley remained by and large peaceful although a couple of stray incidents of stone pelting were reported from Arwani in Anantnag and from main Chowk Bandipora.
According to the statement, during the day normal flow of traffic and movement of people was observed in Srinagar and other parts of the valley. “Vendors in good numbers were on the streets. Normal movement of vehicles was seen in the main towns and on the inter district roads of the valley,” it said.
The statement said that the miscreants involved in the incidents of setting on fire two Autorikshaws yesterday in Srinagar are being identified and adequate compensation is being paid to the auto owners.
Meanwhile, according to the statement, in its continuous and sustained drive against the trouble mongers police during last 24 hours arrested 76 such people involved in various offences of disturbing public order in different parts of the valley. (GNS)