Poor response to Hurriyat strike call
7 February 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
Srinagar: The general strike call given by Hurriyat Conference on Friday evoked poor response as life went on as normal in most parts of Kashmir valley, official sources said. Most of the shops and business establishments remained either open or operated at half shutters down and transport plied as usual in Srinagar, the sources said. Only shops in and around Lal Chowk were closed in response to the strike call given by Hurriyat to express solidarity with Kashmiri detenues in general as well as those awarded death penalty in the Parliament attack case and to protest the life term given in the Wanchoo murder case. The strike had no effect in the frontier district of Kupwara, reports reaching here said. However, in Baramulla district and its 'appletown' Sopore, commercial establishments remained closed. But vehicular traffic was as usual, the sources said. There was little or no response to the strike call in the twin south Kashmir districts of Pulwama and Anantnag along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, they said.