Curfew continues in parts of old Srinagar

Residents Allege Shortage Of Essentials, Medicines

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Dec 3: Curfew remained clamped for the third consecutive day Monday in Zadibal, Nowhatta and Urdu Bazar areas of old Srinagar and the residents of these areas are complaining of acute shortage of essentials.
Curfew was reimposed in Zadibal, Nowhatta and Urdu Bazar on Saturday afternoon after two groups of youth clashed with each other.
According to official sources, heavy contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed in these areas to thwart any attempt of disruption of peace. The forces had laid razor wire and erected barricades at roads and junctions to stop movement of people and traffic. Armored vehicles were also seen at road junctions. Joint parties of police and CRPF were seen patrolling the streets of curfew-bound areas.
Police said no untoward incident was reported from curfew-bound areas. He said curfew was reimposed in these areas to avoid breach of peace and tranquility besides damage to life and property.
District Magistrate (DM) Srinagar, Baseer Ahmad Khan said the decision to continue or lift the curfew will be taken tomorrow.  “We will asses the situation and things would be clear in the morning,” he said.
A week ago (on November 28), the administration imposed indefinite curfew in most parts of Srinagar to avoid any law and problem after clashes between two groups.

SHORTAGE OF ESSENTIALS IN CURFEWED AREAS
Greater Kashmir received scores of phone calls from residents of curfew-bound areas alleging that they are not being allowed to venture outside their houses to purchase eatables or other essential commodities.
Muhammad Iqbal a Zadibal resident said they are not being allowed to purchase bread in the morning. He added that law enforcing agencies order us to stay indoors.
Muhammad Ibrahim of Urdu Bazar said that milkmen and vegetable vendors from other parts of Srinagar are not being allowed to come to their (Curfewed) areas. “Here we do not have vegetables, milk and bread available due to curfew,” he said and alleged that even the medical shops in the area are closed due to strict curfew. He added that authorities have not lifted restrictions for even an hour.
People also complained that their children were not able to either attend tuitions and even schools jeopardizing their career.
When contacted Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar said that he will look into the matter.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 3 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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