Srinagar, Sep 24: (GNS) A complete shutdown amid curfew and restrictions was observed across Kashmir Valley on 78th day of the ongoing mass uprising while clashes and protests erupted at multiple places and the arrest spree continues.
According to GNS, three police station areas of Srinagar’s Old City – MR Guj, Nowhatta and Khanyar – continued to reel under curfew-like restrictions with hundreds of police and paramilitary personnel deployed across length and breadth on streets since early morning. The other areas of the Old City were also under forces’ siege. There was however light civilian movement without any disruption.
In the evening, stone-throwing clashes erupted at many Old City localities including Habba Kadal during which forces used teargas and pepper shells against the youth protesters. In Civil Lines and uptown area of the Srinagar, moderate movement of private transport and pedestrians was seen since early morning but all the shops, commercial establishments, educational institutes and banks were closed. The forces were deployed at sensitive areas in strength.
As per the deal in shutdown hours, all the shops and business establishments opened in Lal Chowk and other areas of Srinagar after 6pm. People were seen thronging several shops for buying essentials and other goods. The situation during deal hours remained peaceful.
Reports said that a complete shutdown was also observed in other parts of the Valley including in south and north Kashmir districts. All kinds of business and educational activities remained completely halted in these districts while clashes and protests erupted at Qaimoh, Achabal and Shangus area of south Kashmir. Police had imposed restrictions in Handwara and Chadoora areas of north and central Kashmir.
At Nadihal in Baramulla district, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of Waseem Ahmad Lone, 22, who was shot dead by army yesterday. Thousands of men, women and children came out of their houses at Nadihal and staged massive anti-India and pro-freedom protests. The youth was laid to rest amid sobs and tears.
According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, the overall situation across the Kashmir valley remained under control and peaceful today. “There was no untoward incident reported from any part of the valley,” it said.
According to the statement as a precautionary measure restrictions were imposed in three police station areas of the Srinagar city, Handwara and Chadoora area of Budgam district.
“Greater movement of the vehicular traffic was observed across the valley including Srinagar city. Shops in some areas of Srinagar city were also open as also in some other parts of the valley,” it said.
The statement said that police, during past 24 hours, arrested 39 miscreants wanted in the offences of creating disruption in traffic movement by stone pelting and by placing obstructions on roads and lanes, harassing shops keepers and also found involved in damaging public/private property. (GNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch