3 injured in clashes
SRINAGAR: The government forces strengthened curfew at exactly the same moment on Thursday the resistance leadership had announced relaxation in the ongoing protest strike.
After the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani and the ensuing anti-India uprising in which government forces have killed 47 civilians and injured about 3000 others, the government has imposed curfew.
At the same time, the resistance leadership has called for a protest programme till July 25. Markets were expected to open at 2pm as the leadership had asked people to stock essentials.
However, in a bid to assert who rules the state, the government forces restricted the movement of people. During the past more than a week, the forces have been enforcing curfew strictly only in restive downtown areas of Srinagar and south Kashmir, where the majority of the killings occurred.
From tourist reception centre to Lal Chowk square, four barricades with razor wires had been placed across the road to restrict people’s movement.
A police officer deployed at Lal Chowk said, “People have to resume work when the government allows them and not when Geelani says so. Where were they (people) for the rest of these days?”
Lal Chowk shopkeepers were prevented by police from opening their shops. Despite restrictions, people came out on roads in sizable numbers.
President Kashmir Traders Manufactures Association Mohammad Yaseen Khan told Kashmir Reader said the government’s actions show that people are “fed up with the status quo and want a resolution of the issue sooner than later.”
Asked about the protest programme of the resistance leadership, Yaseen said the traders would support it fully.
Srinagar deputy commissioner Farooq Lone said restrictions were imposed “to prevent law and order situation” and it has “nothing to do with crushing Hurriyat’s relaxation call”.
In Anantnag district, people too came out to open shops after 2pm but were asked by police to remain indoors.