Curfew Continues in Baramullah; Life Hit by Strike in Valley

The separatist sponsored strike against the killing of two youths in police firing and alleged use of force on demonstrators in Shopia, affected normal life in Kashmir valley on Tuesday as curfew imposed in Baramullah was extended to Sopore town as a precautionary measure.

In response to the three-day strike called by hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, markets, educational institutions, banks, courts and other semi-government institutions remained closed and transport cut off the roads across the valley.

Officials said that strike and absence of transport led to thin attendance in government offices, except civil secretariat and that employees of the secretariat were ferried in security-guarded vehicles.

Police and paramilitary personnel are patrolling the bare streets to maintain law and order in the city and elsewhere, said police.

Meanwhile, curfew continued without relaxation in Baramulla town of North Kashmir for the second successive day.

It may be mentioned that the curfew was imposed on Monday after two youths were killed and scores of others injured in police firing on protesters demanding action against policemen who had allegedly misbehaved with a woman on June 28.

According to officials, Sopore town of Baramulla district was also brought under curfew this morning as a precautionary measure as the situation was tense there.

Geelani-led Hurriyat decided to call for a complete strike for three days beginning Tuesday at its meeting on Monday.

Earlier the amalgam had announced that it will endorse the programme by Majlis-e-Mushawarat, which is spearheading an agitation in Shopian, alongside moderate Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.

Hardline Hurriyat leaders also rejected the probe ordered by the authorities in Shopian murder and rape case as an attempt to conceal facts and protect the culprits.

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