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Normal life paralysed in Srinagar due to strike over Dastgeer shrine fire

chandigarh Updated: Jun 26, 2012 19:30 IST

Life was crippled due to general strike called by several separatist groups Tuesday in protest against the gutting of 18th century shrine of Peer Dastgeer, Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jeelani at Khanyar in the downtown in a mysterious fire.

However, the government has ordered a fact finding enquiry by divisional commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Hassan Samoon into the circumstances which led to the fire yesterday.

Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads, on the strike called by several separatist groups, including breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Bashiruddin, who has also called for "Dastgeer Sahib Shrine challo" on Friday.

Most of the streets wore a deserted look in the absence of any vehicular movement. Three wheelers were also off the roads for the first time.

Additional security forces have been deployed in most areas in the uptown while the entire downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) remained under undeclared curfew since early this morning.

Educational institutions wore a deserted look as students and teaching staff stayed away in protest against the fire incident.

Work in government offices, banks and other institutions was also badly affected as employees could not make it to their respective offices in the absence of transport facilities.

Only a few roadside vendors were seen selling vegetables and fruits.

A report from Baramulla said life was paralysed in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters with all shops and business establishments remaining closed and traffic remaining off the roads.

Government offices, educational institutions and banks were also affected due to the strike.

Business and other activities remained shut and traffic was off the roads in this and other south Kashmir towns, a report from Anantnag said.

Work in government offices, financial and educational institutions was also paralysed.

However, vehicles carrying Amarnath pilgrims were being allowed freely to and from base camp Nunwan Pahalgam.

Similar reports were also received from other parts of the valley.

The 18th century shrine was gutted in a devastating fire Monday, evoking massive protests in the downtown.

About 50 people, including some police and fire brigade personnel were injured during the stone pelting and bursting of teargas shells.