Separatist shutdown affects life in Srinagar

Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 13:53

Srinagar: Clashes broke out between youths and police as the city observed a complete shutdown on Friday in response to the call given by hardline Hurriyat leaders against alleged illegal occupation of hundreds of hectares of land by troops in Jammu and Kashmir.

Irked over imposition of prohibitory orders banning
assembling of five or more persons at a place in view of the
strike, youths assembled in groups in Maisuma, Batmaloo and
Kawadara and pelted stones on police, prompting them to fire
tear gas shells, officials said.

The police also baton-charged to disperse the crowd, they
added.

District Magistrate M A Kakroo said section 144 CrPC will
remain in force for a period of two months.

Meanwhile, shops and business establishments, educational
institutions and semi-government establishments remained
closed and transport kept off the roads during the strike,
officials said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 11, 2009 - 13:53

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