Kashmir shuts again on 82nd day of unrest, two protesters injured
A shutdown called by the separatists today disturbed normal life in Kashmir which has been wreaked by civil unrest since the last 82 days.Updated: Sep 04, 2010 19:11 IST
A shutdown called by the separatists on Saturday disturbed normal life in Kashmir which has been wreaked by civil unrest since the last 82 days.
Two protesters were injured in a spate of clashes in Srinagar city. There were reports of stone-pelting youth taking to the roads from downtown Srinagar's Khanyar, Saraf Kadal, Bohri Kadal, Rainwari and Parimpora area.
"Police used tear gas shells to disperse the mobs, which didn't relent in some places. The police fired rubber pellets injuring two persons," said a police spokesman.
The injured have been identified as Shabir Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Rainawari and Abrar Ahmad Malik, a resident of Nawa Kadal.
"Both have received pellet injuries in their legs. They are stable," police spokesman said.
The authorities did not impose curfew in Kashmir on Saturday and unlike customarily security restrictions which are put in place on a day separatists call a shutdown, vehicles were not stopped and commuters were not harassed in Srinagar.
"There were no restrictions on the movement of the people and vehicular traffic," said the spokesman.
There was a light movement of private transport on the road but many banks functioned normally and shops in several localities opened in the wake of upcoming festival of Eid.
Schools and government offices continued to remain closed.
However, there were prohibitory orders in place in south Kashmir's Anantnag and Pulwama district towns as a precautionary measure.