SRINAGAR: Calls for strike in Kashmir is not a new thing as it is frequent with the Kashmir separatists going on a strike with the demands of separatist Kashmir or the merging of Kashmir with Pakistan.
In the latest instance, the Kashmir separatists have called for a strike in protest against the death of a youth during the police action at Zainakote. The normal life has been totally disrupted due to the strike, even though the police have imposed restrictions over seven police station areas.
Shops and other business organizations were closed today in most parts of the city, in accordance with the strike call given by the separatist group Hurriyat conference. Public transport and other government services remained closed under police security to avoid attacks from the strikers.
However, private vehicles and a few cabs were seen plying on the roads in spite of the strike call. It can be understood that many of the business organizations have preferred not to take a risk by running their stalls.
Gowhar Ahmad Dar, was an Engineering student who lost his life in the police action that took place at Zainakote yesterday. Dar sustained injuries as he was hit by a tear smoke shell which eventually led to his death, while undergoing treatment in the nearby hospital. The police were shelling tear smoke shells against a stone-pelting mob when the incident took place.
Youths of Kashmir marched as a rally against the police action and expressed their protest. On the other hand, police authorities have imposed restrictions in seven important areas to avoid unbound circumstances due to the strike call, the Economic Times reports.
The police authorities said in a statement that the Kashmir valley has been peaceful so far and that the situation is in control.