Normal life crippled due to strike, restrictions in Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 2: Normal life was on Monday crippled as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads due to a strike called by separatists and restrictions imposed by authorities in Kashmir valley.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, called for a strike against the killing of four civilians in security force action and 13 militants in three separate encounters in south Kashmir on Sunday.
Curfew-like restrictions were imposed within the areas falling under police stations of Srinagar district, including Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, MR Gunj, Rainawari in downtown and in some areas in Kralkhud in the old town, Maisuma in civil lines to maintain law and order.
Restrictions were also imposed since early Monday morning in Kulgam, Anantnag while all the exit and entry points of Pulwama were sealed by security forces to stop protests.
Authorities have also suspended class work in all educational institutions on Monday in view of the strike in Kashmir valley, where train service has also been suspended as a precautionary measure.
Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though few private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in restriction-free areas.
Business and other activities remained 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 restriction-free areas to prevent any untoward incident.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir districts of Kulgam and Anantnag to enforce curfew-like restrictions and stop protests against the killing of civilians and militants on Sunday. Locals alleged that they were not allowed to come out of their houses since early this morning. “Security forces have been make announcements through loudspeakers, directing people top remain indoors,” a resident of main Kulgam said.
Shops and business establishment were also closed and traffic was off the roads in Shopian while all the exit and entry points of Pulwama were sealed by security forces to stop protests.
A report from Baramulla said life was crippled in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where shops were closed and traffic was off the road in support of the strike. Additional security forces have been deployed in entire north Kashmir to prevent any law and order problem. Life also came to a grinding halt in central Kashmir district of Budgam in support of the strike called by separatists.
Four civilians died in security force action and 13 militants and three Army jawans were killed in three separate encounters in south Kashmir on Sunday. Over 50 civilians were also injured in the clashes near the encounter sites.