Curfew Cleaves City

Curfew Cleaves City

30 November 2012
Rising Kashmir
Syed Rizwan Geelani

Srinagar: The curfew imposed by authorities since Wednesday evening divided Srinagar city into two halves with the downtown wearing a deserted look owing to restrictions in a stark contrast to the uptown. Police and paramilitary CRPF men were deployed in strength and coils of concertina wires were laid at various places akin to a besieged city. On the other hand, there were no curbs on public and vehicular movement in civil lines. Stating that downtown has become famous for all bad reasons, noted Kashmiri poet, Zareef Ahmad Zareef said the area has to always bear the brunt of all the wrongs happenings in the city. “It is basically the outcome of the poor leadership which is creating a division among people living in the same city,” he said. Zareef said people of old city have always stood against such leadership and that is the reason why they are being victimized. He alleged that government is trying to implement the divide and rule policy. Noted historian, Muhammad Ishaq Khan said the division witnessed in Srinagar city is the result of the differences in public opinion. “People of old city have always suffered because of being stronghold of protests. They always stage organized protest against government.” Khan said people living in civil line areas are of different opinion “and are living their lives different from people of old city”. Noted paediatrician, Dr Altaf Hussain termed the ‘paradoxical’ situation as unfortunate. He said people are being misled by some agencies hell bent on dividing the people on sectarian grounds. “It is very unfortunate that the division is created in the name of religion. There are some agencies who want to see division among us. People are falling prey to the rumours thus disrupting their normal life schedule. They should not let rumours affect the brotherhood,” Dr Hussain said. He said people should come out of the chaotic situation created by some violence mongers and should resume their work as well. “They should not let anybody harm the brotherhood. There is no room for lack of trust among people but such incidents ignite violence.”