Hurriyat strike paralyses normal life in Kashmir
19 April 2001
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Normal life in Kashmir was thrown out of gear today following the strike call given by the All Party Hurriyat Conference to protest the alleged human rights violations by security forces. With all shops and business establishments remaining closed, commercial activity came to a grinding halt. The functioning in banks, courts, educational institutions and other government offices was also affected. And with vehicles off the road, most of the otherwise busy streets were deserted. Overall, the valley was reportedly calm though in the streets of interior Srinagar, some angry youths pelted stones at policemen. This was followed by a cane charge and tear gas shelling. Other areas were locals clashed with the police included Naidkadal, Bahorikadal, Khanyar and Mallaratta. Meanwhile security forces shot dead a militant during a clash in the Bawan Wattasar forests in north Kashmir's Handwara belt. The identity of the slain militant could not be ascertained immediately. Unknown gunmen shot dead one Basharat Ahmad Lone near the Fruit Mandi on the outskirts of Srinagar, while unknown gun-wielding men fired upon and critically injured SPO Mohammad Subhan Shaikh at the Baramullah district headquarters.