Hurriyat`s strike call hits normal life in Kashmir again

After witnessing the first week of complete normalcy in more than five months, normal life was again disrupted in Kashmir Valley on Saturday due to a one-day strike call given by the hardline Hurriyat Conference.

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2010, 22:00 PM IST

Srinagar: After witnessing the first week
of complete normalcy in more than five months, normal life was
again disrupted in Kashmir Valley on Saturday due to a one-day
strike call given by the hardline Hurriyat Conference.

Police and CRPF personnel were deployed in large numbers
across the city to thwart any untoward incident, officials
said.

In volatile and sensitive parts of the city, armoured
vehicles were seen parked on roadside to meet any eventuality.

Despite tight security arrangements, a group of agitators
pelted stones at a school bus, injuring two female teachers
and damaging the vehicle, at Zaldagar in Maharajgunj area of
old city, the officials said.

In Srinagar city, most of the shops and other commercial
outlets remained closed with people preferring to remain
indoors. However, some private cars and small passenger
vehicles plied on the roads.

The Valley witnessed a spell of normalcy during the past
week after the hardline Hurriyat faction, led by Syed Ali
Shah Geelani, suspended the shutdowns ahead of Eid-ul-Azha
festival.

Kashmir has been in the grip of long spells of shutdowns
and curfews after protests over the killing of a teenager in
Srinagar on June 11 spilled over to other districts of the
Valley.

PTI