Srinagar: A shutdown was observed in Kashmir valley against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state on Sunday.
All shops and business establishment remained closed due to the strike, called by pro-freedom leaders, as a mark of protest against PM Modi’s visit. The Prime Minister travelled to the state to inaugurate Chenani-Nashri Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Traffic services in the Valley remained disrupted in view of the strike call while all schools and offices were already closed owing to the weekly holiday on Sunday.
Even as incidents of stone-pelting were reported in some parts of the city like Eidgah and Zampkadal, the day passed off without any major clash between protesters and government forces.
According to eye-witnesses, clashes broke out in Eidgah after youth in a local playground pelted few stones towards the forces’ deployment in the area. The government forces retaliated by massive tear-gas shelling to scatter the youth, including those playing in the area.
The police have beefed up security vigil across the valley, especially in and around Srinagar city, in view of the militant attack on an army convoy in Bemina area on Saturday.