Day 2: Life Remains Affected Due To Strike

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KL Report

Srinagar

Life remained disrupted for  the second day of protest strike sponsored by  Hurriyat Conference (G) for not handing over the body of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged and buried in Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013.

Most of the shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed due to the strike, while public transport remained off the roads.  However, private vehicles could be seen plying on the roads in Srinagar and some other parts of the Valley. Offices are open so are banks and privately run coaching centers.

However, nationalized banks are closed due to the nationwide strike sponsored by their trade union.

Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is under house arrest in Delhi, had issued a protest calendar on Monday, saying complete “civil curfew” will be observed on Wednesday and Thursday, while as shutdown will be observed after Friday prayers followed by peaceful protests.

In order maintain law and order in the Valley, authorities on Tuesday imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Srinagar, in view of the three-day strike called by the separatist group. The authorities said the restrictions were imposed to avoid breach of peace.

There was no report about any protest from anywhere across the Kashmir. Police deployements are minimal though they are ready to meet any eventuality. Number of trucks with security men, ready for riot control were seen around most of the old city police stations in Srinagar.

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