Srinagar, Apr 12 UNI | 3 months ago

Life was today crippled due to general strike called by moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) against any move to extend lease of Army firing range at Tosha Maidan in the central Kashmir district of Badgam.

The HC had called for general strike which was supported by a number of other organisations who are opposing any move to extend the lease of Tosha Maidan Army firing range .

To maintain peace, the authorities have imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in some down town and Shehar-e-Khas areas, since early this morning.

Security forces have closed main roads with barbed wire at Braripora, Nawa Kadal, Khanyar and entire Nallahmar. No vehicle, including two wheelers, were allowed to ply on these routes. However, there is no restriction on the movement of pedestrains in these areas.

Hundreds of additional security force and state police personnel have been deployed in these areas since early this morning to foil any untoward incident.

Shops and business establishments in the summer capital, Srinagar, and its adjoining areas remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, some passenger vehicles, including Tata Sumo, could be seen plying in the civil lines and uptown areas. Three wheelers had yet another field day, charging extra from passengers in the absence of any passenger transport.

The educational institutions, including government schools, were closed as most of the educational institutions have declared a holiday. However, some schools, mostly private were functioning in the city outskirts.

Work in government office, banks and other institutions was also affected due to strike.

Life was crippled in this and other south Kashmir towns with shops and business establishments remaining closed and traffic off the roads. Work in government offices, banks and educational institutions was badly affected due to strike, a report from Anantnag said.

Additional security forces had been deployed at sensitive places, being considered most troubled. in this and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir, a report from Baramulla said.

Security forces also remained deployed in strength on bridges connecting the old town with civil lines, the report said.

Similar reports were received from other parts of the valley.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)