Curbs, shutdown cripple life across Valley

Srinagar: Government imposed curbs coupled with a shutdown called by resistance groups against the conduct of August 15 celebrations, threw life out of gear in major towns and districts of the Valley.

Here in this capital city, thousands of CRPF troops and policemen were deployed in the wee hours to thwart any anti-India protests, as the country celebrates its 69th year of Independence from the British rule, reports and witnesses said.

Wearing full battle gear, the government forces keenly guarded the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes to thwart any attempt of the people to stage pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.

“In the downtown here, restrictions were enforced by government forces since early morning. At Khanyar, Nowhatta, Gojwara, Naid Kadal, Kawdara, Safa Kadal, Bohri Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Rainawari and other areas of the downtown, forces restricted the movement of civilians,” reports said.

Bakshi Stadium, the main venue of August 15 celebrations, was turned into a fortress by CRPF troops and police with three tier security around it. Besides the Stadium, troops and police had sealed off all the roads leading to the venue with barricades and spools of razor wire. At some places armored vehicles were placed to prevent any possible militant attack.

Troops and police had also occupied several high raise houses around the venue causing much inconvenience to the residents.

Meanwhile, all shops, business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the roads due to the curbs and the shutdown called by Hurriyat Conference factions, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front and other resistance groups.