Strike affects life in valley

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Apr 7: The normal life across Kashmir remained affected in response to a strike call given by hardline senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, against the conviction of Kashmiri separatist leader Ghulam Nabi Fai by a US court last month.
Shops, businesses establishment and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar because of the shutdown.
Banks, post offices, Government offices, however, functioned in Srinagar city but the attendance was thin because of non-availability of public transport.
Private transport and some three-wheelers were plying in the city roads. However, their frequency in the old city area was very thin.
Reports reaching here from other district headquarters of Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Badgam said that shutdown affected normal life in these districts as well.
The shops and business establishments in these towns were also closed and traffic was minimal on the roads.
Meanwhile a police spokesman said here today that the call for strike for today called by a section of separatists evoked feeble response.
Police said that in most parts of Valley, the call had a marginal impact on the daily chorus of life. “It had no impact on the normal life in the districts of Bandipora, Kupwara and Uri town”, police said.
Police said that shops and other business establishments functioned partially in rest of the towns while private as well as some public transport was also seen plying on the roads in Srinagar city and some other towns.
Police said situation remained normal and under control. “There were no reports of any untoward incident from any place”, police added.
The authorities had made deployments of riot control squads and security forces at vulnerable places in the city and other towns of the Valley to avoid any disturbance.
Fai a resident of Wadwan, Budgam was charged in the US with spying for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
Fai served as the Executive Director of the Kashmiri American Council, which described itself as a non-profit organization run by Kashmiris and funded by Americans.
But US authorities had said some of the Kashmiri American Council’s money came from Pakistan’s ISI, and that he failed to register as an agent of a foreign Government as required under US law.


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