Kashmir unrest: Normal life affected for 115th consecutive day
The ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley, which erupted after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, have affected life in Valley for 115 consecutive day on Monday due to the separatist-sponsored strike over the recent civilian killings and in support of their demand for right to ‘self determination’
The separatists, who are spearheading the ongoing agitation in support of their demand for right to self determination, have been issuing weekly protest calendars since Wani’s killing.
The group has also announced a 14-hour relaxation from 5 pm on some days of the week for people to buy essentials.
Media reports said most shops were shut, although some shops were open in few areas in the civil lines and in the outskirts of summer capital, Srinagar. Some movement of private cars and auto-rickshaws in the city and other district headquarters of the Valley were reported, but it was comparatively less as the separatists have not announced any relaxation in the strike later in the day on Monday.
Many street vendors, though, had set up their stalls along the TRC Chowk—Batamaloo axis through the Lal Chowk city centre.
Authorities have not imposed curbs on on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, however, restrictions on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPC were in place throughout the Valley.
Officials said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable spots and along the main roads as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order as well as to instill a sense of security among the people to carry out their day to day activities without fear.
The unrest, which began in the aftermath of killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8 and is about to complete four months, has badly affected, business, tourism and education in Kashmir.
As many as 85 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.