Srinagar, June 25: (GNS) Life all over the Kashmir Valley came to a grinding halt on Tuesday day as people observed ‘shutdown’ to protest the visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi while most sensitive parts of Srinagar city reeled under severe restrictions imposed by the administration.
Official sources told that restrictions have been imposed in Nowhatta, Rainwari, Khanyar, Safakadal, Karan Nagar, Maisuma and other sensitive parts of Srinagar city.Residents of Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Safa Kadal,Gowjwara, Rainawari and other areas of the city said a curfew was imposed there with heavy deployment of police and paramilitary CRPF troopers who didn’t allow them to come out of their houses. “Nobody told us that curfew has been imposed.”All shops and business establishments across the Valley were closed while public transport was completely off the roads today. Educational institutions and banks remained closed while most government offices were shut or recorded thin attendance.
Reports of complete shutdown were also received from other districts including Bandipore, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Kupwara and Budgam. The strike call evoked an overwhelming response as people stayed indoors while roads wore a deserted look.Following the series of attacks in Srinagar city, security was further beefed up today with Srinagar city put on high alert, official sources told .Police and Paramilitary CRPF have intensified random checks of pedestrians as well as vehicles while in some places, army is also seen conducting foot patrols to prevent any untoward incident during the high profile visit. Elsewhere, normal life has been paralyzed due to strike called by both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF “to convey to the prime minister that Kashmir is not merely a matter of laying foundation stone of power projects and flagging off railway services but a political issue which needs to be resolved as per the aspirations of its people”. Dr Singh was in the Valley to inaugurate the railway services tomorrow and to meet the mainstream political parties. Earlier, Dr Singh inaugurated the 850 MW Hydel Power in Kishtwar.Meanwhile, Chairmen of the both factions of Hurriyat Conferences Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik were placed under house arrest on Tuesday morning, official sources said. (GNS)