Curbs, shutdown cripple life across Kashmir

Srinagar: Government imposed curbs coupled with a shutdown called by various resistance groups and traders bodies, against the killing of a Kashmiri trucker, has crippled life across the Valley.

All shops, business establishments, government offices, educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley in response to the shutdown called by both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front to protest the killing of Zahid Ahmad Bhat, a Kashmiri truck driver  by the Hindu fanatics in Udhampur, witnesses told Kashmir Reader.

The shutdown supported by Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kashmir TradersManufactures Federation and Kashmir Economic Alliance and Sanjay Tickoo-led Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti, an organisation of Kashmiri Hindus also saw public and private transport off the roads.

Here in this capital city, restrictions have been imposed in volatile areas of Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar, Rainawari, Saraf Kadal, Rajouri Kadal fearing protests against the trucker’s killing, witnesses said. Curbs have also been imposed in uptown Maisuma, considered to be the bastion of JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik.

Curfew like restrictions have also been imposed in south Kashmir’s Anantnag town amid apprehensions of protests, witnesses said.

Batengoo, the native village of Zahid has been placed under siege by the government forces. The locals alleged that the forces did not allow them to visit the village to attend the funeral of the slain youth.

Meanwhile hundreds of vehicle including load carriers and trucks have been stopped at several places in the south Kashmir district as the authorities fearing that the angry protesters might attack them.