Curfew-like situation due to prohibitory orders, strike call

Curfew-like situation prevailed in Srinagar today on the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Kashmir as authorities imposed prohibitory orders in parts of old city.

Last Updated: Jun 07, 2010, 17:33 PM IST

Srinagar: Curfew-like situation prevailed in
Srinagar today on the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
to Kashmir as authorities imposed prohibitory orders in parts
of old city while a near-total shutdown was observed in rest
of the areas following a strike called by separatists.

Hundreds of police and paramilitary forces personnel were
seen patrolling the deserted streets in the old city areas as
authorities enforced Section 144 CrPC under four police
stations of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Safakadal and Maharajgun,
official sources said.

Life in the city remained disrupted as shops and business
markets, educational institutions and semi-government offices
remained closed. Traffic was off the roads in response to the
call given by chairman of hardline faction of hurriyat
conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the visit of the
Prime Minister.

Regarding the strike call, Geelani said, "India, instead
of looking at Kashmir through the viewpoint of its stooges,
should have first hand information of the ground situation
here."

He said "We have no love for enforcing strike, which hits
our economy but there is no other option but to protest.
Today`s strike is in protest against Manmohan Singh`s visit to
Kashmir, continued human rights violations, Machhil fake
encounter, unidentified mass graves and military oppression".

The attendance in government offices was thin in the
absence of transport as both private and public transport
remained off the roads and due to restrictions on the movement
of people.

Singh is scheduled to address the 5th convocation of S K
University of agricultural sciences and technology at S K
International convention complex, located on the banks of Dal
Lake later today.

"No private or commercial vehicle will be allowed to ply
on the road from Badyari chowk to Nishat Garden, a distance of
9 km, superintendent of police traffic city Showkat Hussain
Shah said.

However, he said vehicles that have a proper security
clearance will be allowed to move on the road. He said similar
restrictions will be in effect tomorrow too.

PTI