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No march, but shutdown affects life

The imposition of restriction on any assemblage of people on Saturday foiled hardline Hurriyat chairman's call to march towards graveyards where the victims of the 2010 are buried. However, the shutdown call affected normal life in the Valley.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2011 18:47 IST
HT Correspondent

The imposition of restriction on any assemblage of people on Saturday foiled hardline Hurriyat chairman's call to march towards graveyards where the victims of the 2010 are buried. However, the shutdown call affected normal life in the Valley.

Geelani, who had asked people to observe June 11 as a day of remembrance, was not allowed to lead any prayers. Security presence was increased in a few sensitive downtown areas, but no extra deployment was made by the government in general.

"The march passed off peacefully as necessary measures were taken to foil any attempt to disturb peace," said a police spokesman. The government on Friday announced imposition of Section 144, which bars assembling of people more than five.

In 2010, the killing of a schoolboy, Tufail Mattoo, on June 11 sparked a spate of street protest, which left 112 people dead.

In response to separatists' shutdown call, most shops, business establishment, offices, schools, colleges, varsities and banks remained closed.

While private vehicles plied without any hassle, the public transport was off the roads in Srinagar, south and north Kashmir. Most valley towns wore a deserted look because if thin presence people and cars on the roads.

Incidentally, a man injured in a street protest in 2010 succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. Identified as Abdul Rashid, a resident of Sampora, Pampora, was hit by a bullet in his head during a protest in the same area on August 5, 2010. He breathed his last in Srinagar in Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. Hospital sources said Rashid died in the afternoon after he went into a state of coma a few months ago. With his death, the toll in 2010 summer unrest touched the mark of 113. The victim is survived by a 10-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son.