Curfew remained enforced over Old Srinagar for the third consecutive day. The statement issued by the city magistrate’s office last evening justified the move by citing potential “law and order” problem in the area which lately witnessed a blood shed when a youth fell to the bullets. With locals confined indoors, Bilal Bahadur captures the city under curfew.
Under Scanner: Three days of continuous curfew in old city has reduced its streets, roads and alleys into ghost lanes.
Outside Cage: In the interiors of Nowhatta in old city, a woman looks outside to catch a glimpse of government forces alert on streets. For last three days, the same sight is visible outside her window.
Pleading Picture: Meanwhile in Rainawari, a middle aged woman is pleading for movement on road. The three consecutive days of curfew over old city has triggered many problems for the locals.
No Headway: This man is telling the trooper: “Please, allow me to move on. I have some emergency.” But his relentless pleas is turning this trooper off. The height of the cane in his hand is indeed a red signal for the biker in distress.
Chained Children: Their school is shut for last three days. The authorities have put their education under curfew as well. But today these kids come out openly and walk towards their tuition center by hand in hand.
Earnest Expression A mother-daughter duo (most probably) is requesting the paramilitary men near Bohri Kadal to allow them to visit health center. They even show a medical ticket to justify their movement outside home. But troopers seem untouched by repeated pleas.
Deployed Dozens: In Saraf Kadal locality, the heavy deployment of police and paramilitary gives an impression of a war zone!
Street Force: Three days after the youth of Nawa Kadal, Bashir Ahmad was killed by government forces, the entire old city has been contained to thwart any angry response against the killing.
Tender Walk: Something has forced this woman to defy curfew. She seems bothered by the enforced scene. That is why, she has a company of a tender one, perhaps to strike some sympathetic vibes on streets.
Scanning Signs: He isn’t alone to strike a sense of hyper vigilance over old city. Almost battalion of them are on roads to check the civilian movement around.
Restricted Landscape: It is not for the first time when old city is finding itself under the grip of curfew and confinement. Many say: the area often faces wrath of state in the name of law and order.
Beefed Up: A heavy deployment has been put in place in Nowhatta in old city to thwart any attempt of street confrontation.
Staggering Sight: On the deserted streets of old city, troopers are lock, stock and barrel at the moment.