Strike hits normal life in Kashmir Valley

Normal life was on Monday disrupted in parts of Kashmir Valley due to a strike called by hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference.

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 12:24 PM IST

Srinagar: Normal life was on Monday disrupted
in parts of Kashmir Valley due to a strike called by hardline
faction of the Hurriyat Conference.

Shops, business establishments and private offices
remained closed on account of the strike called by Syed Ali
Shah Geelani against the recent killings and in support of his
demand for withdrawal of central troops from the state,
official sources said.

The effect of the strike was felt in Srinagar city`s
commercial hubs of Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk and Batmaloo and
major towns of the Valley, the sources said.

However, shops were open in many localities of
Srinagar city and other towns and hamlets of the Valley.

A large number of private vehicles could be seen
plying on the roads of the city and other inter-district
routes, ignoring the strike call given by Geelani, they said.

Some public transport buses were also seen plying in
the civil lines areas of the city.

A police spokesman said the situation so far was
peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere in
the Valley.

Kashmir Valley has been in a 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 in Rajouri Kadal
area of the city.

PTI