Srinagar: For the third consecutive day normal life in several northern parts of Indian Kashmir remained affected due to continuous curfew in the region. Meanwhile in other parts of the valley including the summer capital- Srinagar shutdown was observed on the call of harline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Curfew was in force in north Kashmir’s Sopore town, Baramulla town, Delina, Palhalan, and Bandipora town as a precautionary measure, a police spokesman told Agence India Press.
However, the spokesman said the law and order situation in the curfew-bound areas and elsewhere in the Valley was normal.
“There are no reports of any untoward incident from any place. The situation is normal and under control,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, shops, schools, business establishments and private offices remained closed in most parts of the Valley due to the strike called by hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani. No incident of stone pelting in the summer capital or in any other place was reported.
Public transport services also remained off the roads but private vehicles were plying in the city in large numbers. Some commercial vehicles were also seen plying on some routes in the Valley.
Kashmir has been in strife of protests, strikes and curfew since June when a 17-year-old boy was killed by a tear smoke shell fired by police in the old city.
111 people have lost their lives in police and CRPF firing ever since the normal life in Kashmir valley has come to a grinding halt. The government has failed to reach out to the affected families.
However many attempts to start dialogue process from the centre (New Delhi) are seen futile exercise from all the separatist leaders.
Meanwhile acknowledging the request of minority Sikh community to give relaxation in view of Diwali festival, hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who is also spearheading the ongoing “Quit Kashmir Movement” has amended the scheduled protest calendar on 5th November.
Calling Pandits and Sikhs of Indian Kashmir as an important organ of Kashmiri society, hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday said that the struggle against India isn’t against any religion but it is against the “illegal occupation” by the Indian rulers.
Geelani who is also spearheading the ongoing “Quit Kashmir Movement” have also amended the scheduled protest calendar in view of Diwali.
“There will be relation in scheduled protest and strike calendar on 5th November. This is our moral right to respect their religious sentiments as they are the important organs of our society,” Veteran hardline separatist leader in a statement issued here said.
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