Old city Curfew leads to mess


Bilal Handoo

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The continuous curfew over some portions of old city has created chaos in daily affairs. Traffic jam, business lapse, free mobility and dearth of essentialities have left people agonized.

people in downtown are facing acute shortage of essential commodities due to continuous siege. Photo by: Bilal Bhadur

Mobilization of traffic is one serious issue which is coming out of this ‘peace keeping exercise’ by government forces. The main two roads- Lalchowk to Soura and Lal chowk to Qamarwari via Nallamar are facing closure since Wednesday evening. This has diverted all traffic to Dalgate-Rainawari-Dargah road which triggered serious traffic jam early today on this road. “While on my way to NIT, I got trapped in huge traffic jam at Rainawari area which made me to take foreshore road,” a NIT student said.

Meanwhile, people in downtown are complaining that due to continuous siege, they are not able to reach out to their offices and business centers. “From last five days I have not reported to my office, leave alone to venture into market. I am simply frustrated as my job demands performance,” said a medical representative, Qayoom Bhat of Nowhatta.

Reportedly, Zadibal area saw one hour relaxation early morning today. “People were allowed to purchase milk and other commodities, but after that restrictions were imposed again,” said a resident of Zadibal.

Grocery shops are open in some interior parts of the old city, which allows people to shop essential commodities.

some parts of city are under curfew since Wednesday evening. Photo by: Bilal Bhadur

Government forces have placed concertina wires on all nooks and corners of the areas that lead to Zadibal and Nowhatta areas.

It is pertinent to mention here that law enforcing authorities placed Zadibal, Nowhatta and adjoining areas under curfew again on Saturday to thwart reported ‘sectarian clashes’ in Hawal area.


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