Separatists’ Strike Call Disrupts Routine Life in Kashmir Valley

A strike called by separatists affected the day to day life in Kashmir Valley on Monday. The strike was called to protest against the death of two women under mysterious circumstances in Shopian, some 52 kms from Srinagar.

The strike call kept the shops, business establishments, banks, educational institutions and courts closed in the city and other major towns of the valley. While attendance in government offices was thin and public and private transport kept off the roads.

The strike was called by hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and supported by other separatist outfits to protest against the alleged rape and murder of two women identified as Nelofar (22) and Asiya (17) in Shopian on Saturday last. Geelani also demanded the removal of the army from the state.

Following strike call, officials put restrictions on movement of people in old cit. However, police said that no curfew has been imposed but prohibitory orders under section 144 CRPC have been imposed to maintain law and order.

Reports from district towns said that there was a near-total response to the strike with business establishments remaining closed in Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Bandipora, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam and transport off the roads.

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