Srinagar, May 1 UNI | 3 months ago

Life was crippled in the curfew free areas of the Kashmir valley today, where a youth was killed and another wounded after security forces opened fire to disperse "pro freedom" demonstrators in the down town area of the city last evening.

Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC), Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and several other separatist organisations have called for a general strike today against the killing of youth Bashir Ahmad at Nawa Kadal.

Yesterday strike was observed against the killing of three Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) at Shopian encounter with security forces and arrests of large number of youth in the valley during the past two week.

Shops and business establishments in curfew-free areas of the summer capital, Srinagar remained closed and traffic was off the roads.

However, some private vehicles and cabs could be seen plying on some routes. Work in government offices, banks and other institutions was affected due to strike. Educational institutions wore a deserted look as management of majority schools have declared closure of their institutions, fearing trouble.

The Kashmir University also postponed all scheduled examinations due to prevailing situation in the valley.

A report from Baramulla said that business and other activities remained paralysed for the second day today due to strike in this and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir.

Transport was off the roads and work in government offices and financial institutions was affected. Government and private educational institutions also remained shut.

Additional security forces have been deployed of sensitive areas of the town to foil any disturbance, they said, adding adequate deployment was made on bridges connecting old town with civil lines.

Life remained crippled in this and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir, a report from Anantnag said.

It said that shops and other business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. Government offices, banks and other financial institutions witnessed very low attendance. Educational institutions also remained closed for the second day.

Complete shut down reports were also received from major towns and other tehsil headquarter in the central Kashmir districts of Badgam and Ganderbal, where polling for Srinagar Parliamentary constituency was held yesterday.

(Posted on 01-05-2014)