SRINAGAR: Despite civil administration claiming that curfew had been lifted, the police and Para-Military troopers in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) on Wednesday do not allow anyone to venture outside their homes. Residents of various localities told on phone that police vans are making announcements about curfew being in place.
When contacted district magistrate Srinagar Meraj Ahmed Kakroo maintained that curfew has been lifted from the uptown Srinagar, while situation in the old city is being monitored. On being told about police vans making announcements and cops not allowing people to come out, Kakroo said that instructions have been passed to forces and it would be reaching them soon.
While the constant curfews and shutdowns in the valley from last couple of months have affected the cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade with traders complaining of huge losses. Since Eid-ul-Fitr there has been no exchange of goods from this side as against the 90 per cent of import of dry fruit from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.“We have not been able to export anything to the other side of LoC because of curfew and shut downs,” said General Manager District Industries Baramulla and Custodian Cross LoC trade, Muhammad Ashraf Wani.
The traders have incurred a loss of at least 20 crores for the past two weeks due to the hostile circumstances in the valley.“We export fruits worth Rs 10 crore per week but we have not been able to export anything from this side for the past two weeks,” said Wani.
In another news item Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R has said that the authorities have failed to suppress the ongoing freedom movement and now is using students as weapons to counter the ongoing liberation struggle. The Chairman of JKLF-R, Farooq Ahmad Dar in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir had rendered matchless sacrifices for securing right to self-determination and they would take the freedom movement to its logical ends at all costs. He also welcomed the initiative of Communist Party of India (Maoist) to observe a strike in six Indian states as a mark of solidarity with Kashmiris against the killings and human rights violations in the occupied territory.