Curfew lifted across Kashmir, but strike disrupts normal life

Curfew was lifted on Saturday from all parts of Kashmir but normal life was disrupted in the Valley due to a three-day strike call given by hardline Hurriyat Conference.

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2010, 12:43 PM IST

Srinagar: Curfew was lifted on Saturday from all
parts of Kashmir but normal life was disrupted in the Valley
due to a three-day strike call given by hardline Hurriyat
Conference to focus on the Kashmir issue during US President
Barack Obama`s visit to India.

A police spokesman said curfew has been lifted from all
parts of Kashmir and the situation across the Valley so far
was peaceful. "There is no curfew or restrictions in place
anywhere in the Kashmir Valley," he said.

Curfew was imposed in nine police station areas of
Srinagar city yesterday as a precautionary measure as
authorities apprehended protests and stone-pelting incidents
in these areas after Friday congregational prayers.

The life in the Valley, however, was disrupted due to
the strike call given by the Hurriyat Conference headed by
Syed Ali Shah Geelani to highlight the Kashmir issue while the
US President was in India.

Geelani had asked people to observe `civil curfew` for
three days from today, when Obama arrives in the country.

The main markets in Srinagar city and other towns of the
valley wore a deserted look with shops, business
establishments and private offices remaining closed and public
transport off the roads.

Most of the private schools have decided to shut down on
the strike days as some of their buses have been targeted by
stone-pelting protestors during the ongoing unrest.

Although government offices were open, the attendance was
thin due to non-availability of public transport facilities.

However, some private vehicles could be seen on some routes.

Security forces were patrolling different areas of
Srinagar and other major towns to maintain law and order and
scuttle any protests by the separatists.

Kashmir Valley has been in the grip of protests, strikes
and curfew since June when a 17-year-old boy was killed by a
tear smoke shell allegedly fired by police at Rajouri Kadal
area of the city.

PTI