Anti-Israel strike affects normal life in Kashmir
12 April 2002
The Asian Age
Srinagar: A partial-to-complete strike affected normal life in the Kashmir Valley on Friday. The strike, the latest of many observed so far this year, was to protest the Israeli actions against the Palestinians in West Asia. Shops, other businesses and educational institutions in parts of Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley remained closed. The work in the government offices was also affected by the strike called by pro-Pakistan militant outfit, Al-Omar Mujahideen. However, skeleton transport services plied on select routes in and outside Srinagar. Two CRPF men were killed and about a dozen of their colleagues were wounded in a powerful grenade attack at Kaka Sarai in old town. The police and witnesses said the militants hurled the grenade at a CRPF contingent standing near a pillbox. It fell and burst in the middle of policemen instantly killing constable Din Bhandu. Among the 13 injured CRPF men, one identified as Opendra Singh later died in a hospital. In other incidents of violence, half a dozen other persons died across Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The police fired rifle shots in the air after use of batons and teargas failed to break an anti-Indian demonstration.