Srinagar: Normal life was hit in Kashmir on Wednesday as valley observed a strike on a call given Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
In its latest protest calendar, Hurriyat (G) had called people to observe strike today as part of its ‘Quit Kashmir’ campaign.
Authorities, however, decided not to impose curfew which has been a common feature in Kashmir against the strikes and protests.
“No curfew was imposed in Srinagar as we feel situation is limping back to normal with every passing day,” said a police officer, told Agence India Press.
But restrictions were imposed in sensitive areas of North Kashmir like Delina, Palhallan and Sopore.
Shops, business houses, and other private institutions remained closed while private vehicles didn’t ply on the roads in Srinagar and major towns of the valley.
Private traffic, according to the eyewitnesses, was seen plying on the roads in uptown areas of Srinagar and other towns of Valley while government offices and schools marked a good presence throughout valley.
No major incident of stone pelting was reported today and situation remained relatively calm throughout the day.
The strike had little impact in smaller towns, including Chrar-e-Sharief, Tangmarg, Uri, Karnah and Tanghdar and Kokernag where most of the shops opened and transport services were operating normally, said police.
Security forces were patrolling different areas of Srinagar and other major towns to maintain law and order and scuttle protests, they said.
Meanwhile, Central Reserve Police Force said the security grid in Jammu and Kashmir has been geared up to meet any law and order or militancy-related situation in the state during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India later this week.
“We are in constant touch with the state police and all necessary arrangements have been made to maintain law and order and to combat militancy as well,” Special Director General of CRPF Anirudh Uppal told reporters here.
Responding to a question about separatists planning to intensify their protests in the Valley during Obama’s visit, Uppal said, “It is not necessarily for Obama’s visit only …depending on the intelligence inputs, arrangements will be made accordingly.”
The Special DG, who took over the charge of Jammu and Kashmir recently, said the force was ready to deal with any situation.
“Any challenge (to the security and public order) will be met jointly by CRPF and the state police,” he said.
Unrest has gripped Kashmir for last four months or so after killing of a teenager, Tufail Ahmad Mattoo on June 11 this year by a police tear gas shell.
His killing led to the valley-wide protests against the Indian ‘occupation’ with Hurriyat (G) lancing “Quit Kashmir’ campaign. Indian authorities came down hardly on pro-freedom protests and strikes by imposing strict curfew. The tumultuous period has consumed 111 civilian lives thus far.
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