Sporadic violence marks J&K strike

The strike called by various organisations in Jammu and Kashmir to protest an anti-Islam film was largely peaceful.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2012, 18:53 PM IST

Srinagar: The strike called by various organisations in Jammu and Kashmir to protest an anti-Islam film was largely peaceful with sporadic violence reported from some areas on Tuesday, police said.

A few miscreants set ablaze a Kulgam Municipality vehicle during a march near Sangarmal Shopping Complex, police said.

"Some miscreants also appeared at Tengpora Bypass and resorted to stone-pelting. They were chased away by police," a police spokesman said.

Schools, shops, business establishments and fuel stations were closed due to the strike called by Kashmir Economic Alliance.

The strike call was supported by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, JKLF, Kashmir High Court Bar Association and many religious groups as well.

The lawyers` body has decided to abstain from work in the courts today as a mark of protest against the film.

The roads in most parts of the Valley wore a deserted look as public and private transport remained off the roads. However, some private cars and security force vehicles could be seen plying the roads.

A police spokesman said peaceful marches were taken out at many places across the Valley against the controversial movie clips.

"Groups of people staged peaceful marches at Nowpora, Khanyar, Ziyarat Dastgeer Sahib, Habba Kadal, Kawdara, Noor Bagh, Kral Khud, Safa Kadal in Srinagar city," he said.

Peaceful protests were also held in Pampore, Nunar Gandarbal, Kangan, Langate Handwara, Chadoora, Sheeri, Uri, Mir Gund, Pattan, Lal Chowk in Anantnag and Pulwama, he said.

PTI