Srinagar: The hardships for people especially in Srinagar mounted further as police barred entry of many vehicles carrying essential supplies into the summer capital where curfew continued for the 41st day on Thursday.
Reports said the vehicles carrying milk and vegetables were not allowed to proceed from Parimpora area in outskirts of the city.
“Police stopped us and did not allow us to move beyond Parimpora by saying that strict curfew has been imposed,” a milkman told Kashmir Reader over phone.
A vegetable supplier also complained that cops barred him and dozens of other vehicles from moving towards Srinagar from Parimpora.
People in Srinagar are mainly dependent on vegetable supplies from north Kashmir districts of Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara and central Budgam district.
Similar complaints were received from suppliers of South Kashmir who said that they were not allowed to proceed towards Srinagar and stopped at several places with police insisting that strict curfew has been imposed.
Pulwama has the highest milk production in valley and caters to milk needs of most of Srinagar.
A senior police official said on condition of anonymity that they have been ordered to enforce curfew strictly.
“We are obeying the orders,” he said.
Spokesperson of Petrol Dealers Association Kashmir told a local news agency that the government has asked the oil depots of Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and Indian Oil to stop distribution of the fuel to the dealers.
However, Divisional Administration Kashmir Baseer Khan strongly denied it.
“The oil companies approached the government with the plea that their tankers are facing recurrent attacks by the mobs in the Valley,” he said.
He said while there are enough stocks of fuel, the oil companies communicated in writing that their tankers are being attacked in the valley.
“The oil companies have informed that 28 tankers have been damaged in attacks by people and it has become difficult for them to operate amid prevailing law and order situation,” he said.
The Divisional Commissioner said the oil companies have been assured of adequate security by the State Government to ensure uninterrupted fuel supply to Kashmir.
However, reports from Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Srinagar said that police forced a local dealer to close down the petrol pump when it was opened on Thursday evening.
While police could not be contacted for comment, a petrol pump at nearby Nowshera was operating in the evening.
In another development, the army has decided to deploy troops to sanitise highways and roads in Kashmir from Friday.
“The army was moving during the nights not because we could not take care of the roads, but essentially for two reasons — one, we wanted to avoid collateral damage and because of the Haj period till tomorrow. We will start moving during the day from tomorrow onwards,” Lt General Satish Dua, Chinar Corps commander, told reporters in Srinagar on Thursday.
“From tomorrow onwards the traffic will be normal for both the civil as well as army,” he said.
An army convoy was attacked by militants on the Srinagar–Baramulla highway in the wee hours of Wednesday morning killing two soldiers and a policeman.