Normal life was disrupted Saturday in Valley due to a strike called by Hurriyat Chairman (G) Syed Ali Geelani to protest against the Kishtwar communal clashes that left 2 persons dead and dozens of shops and business establishments were damaged.
Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed, while children remained busy in local parks to celebrate Eid.
Though public transport was off the roads, private cars and auto rickshaws were seen plying.
Geelani had appealed people to observe shut down situation against the “biased approach” of the state administration in dealing with the situation in Kishtwar.
”Hurriyat said the future course of action will be decided today after reviewing the situation in the affected areas,” said Hurriyat spokesperson.
Army had been called out to assist local administration in maintaining law and order problem in Kistwar while curfew continued on day 2.
“Police and paramilitary CRPF personnel have been deployed in numbers across the town while in some places army is also conducting foot patrols to prevent any untoward incident,” locals told KNS over phone
“The Jammu and Kashmir Highway remained blocked at several places as protestors burnt tyres, sat on dharnas and put up barricades in Vijaypur in Samba, Rajpora in Kathua, Udhampur and Gangyal areas,” said eye witnesses.
Meanwhile, Normal life was hit in Jammu and adjoining districts of region due to a bandh called by BJP leaders and some other organizations against the communal clashes.
“Situation is under control. We will decide about lifting or relaxation of curfew after making assessment of situation,” said an official.