Normal life disrupted in Kashmir

Shops damaged in fire at Maharaj Gunj area in Srinagar on Friday. —Excelsior/Shakeel
Shops damaged in fire at Maharaj Gunj area in Srinagar on Friday. —Excelsior/Shakeel

Ceasefire violation in Uri

Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, Oct 11: The normal life remained disrupted in Kashmir today with shops remaining mostly closed and traffic was off the roads while there has been ceasefire violation in Uri sector along Line of Control (LoC) in Baramulla district.
Sources said that Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Hathlanga area of Uri sector this evening. Army also retaliated and mortar shelling was going on in the area. However, there are no reports of any loss.
And there was no restrictions in majority parts of the Valley. However, in Nowhatta and other areas, police and para-military troops were not allowing the movement of people ahead of Friday prayers.
The Friday congregational prayers were offered in majority of the mosques. However, no prayers were allowed in Jamia Masjid for last two and a half months.
The prayers passed off peacefully with no major untoward incident reported from any part of the Valley. However, there were stray incidents of stone-pelting at few places.
Security forces were heavily deployed around the mosques where the Friday prayers were allowed but the number of people who prayed in these Mosques was less.
The markets were closed and public transport was off the roads. However, in the morning the markets were open and the flea market at Polo View was open throughout the day. The private traffic was plying in parts of Kashmir but in majority of the areeas it was also thin.
The schools across the Valley are open but the students failed to turn up as parents were unwilling to send their wards. However, some students are reporting to the schools for assignments and other examination formalities. Normally the examinations are being held by this time of the year but the Government has not isued schedule. However, Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education issued date sheet for the examination of 10th and 12th standard which begins in the last week of this month and first week on next month respectively.
The mobile telephone services and internet including broadband services remained suspended since August 5.
Three shops in Maharaj Gunj area of old city were gutted under mysterious conditions last night. Police sources said that the shops were gutted due to short-circuit but residents said that they were set ablaze.
A person Mohammad Akram Sheikh of Nanil in Anantnag district was today admitted to SKIMS hospital in critical condition. He later succumbed to injuries and doctors said that he had received serious head injury. He is believed to be a political activist and was allegedly beaten up by people in Sadroora area of Qazigund in the district.
Sources said that he was beaten for his alleged involvement in drug addition in the area. Residents of the area said that people of the area were furious over the reported death of a youth in the area due to drug addiction and they targetted Sheikh.
One Riyaz Ahmad Wani son of Abdullah Wani of Tangdhar who was working in a local hotel at Suthrashi area of Batmaloo was found dead in mysterious condition in the area. Police took the body and later handed it over the family after conducting postmortem. Police detained a man Ataullah in connection with his death and he is being questioned.