Snowfall-crippled life in Kashmir valley was further disturbed on Saturday by the strike call given by Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani to protest against alleged continuous arrests of separatist leaders and youth in the valley.
The life started very late in the valley due to heavy snowfall and there was thin presence of public transport on the streets in Srinagar city and other major town in north and south Kashmir. Varsities, banks, big business houses and shops remained closed in commercial hub Lal Chowk and in major towns of the valley. Petrol pumps were also closed in Srinagar city.
Geelani had given a one-day strike call recently. “A complete strike should be observed against the arrest of pro-freedom leaders and youth. The strike is to highlight the use of brute force on our children by police and other paramilitary forces,” said Geelani in a press conference recently.
The strike was also called to condemn the continuous arrest of High Court Bar Association president Abdul Mian Qayoom and his manhandling in several police stations in Jammu by rightwing activists.
Several boys resorted to snowball throwing at private vehicles in downtown Srinagar to enforce complete strike.
The authorities had deployed additional troops armed with guns and sticks at several sensitive places to keep protesters at bay.
Saturday’s strike was 2011 first shutdown call by the separatists.