After mysterious threat posters: Shutdown stages comeback in Kashmir
21: Barely a week into normalcy, Kashmir
observed an instant shutdown on Thursday after mysterious threat posters
appeared in the old city.
business establishments remained closed.
Slender traffic movement however was observed on the Srinagar roads.
For the last one
week, shops and business establishments, which would normally close before
noon, remained open till late afternoon. Public transport had also hit roads
after three and half month’s hiatus.
But on Thursday,
shutdown returned to parts of the valley following mysterious threat posters.
On Wednesday unknown people had put up posters in old city asking shopkeepers
to observe hartal.
What added to the
crisis was the mysterious fire that razed four shops to ground at Bohri Kadal
on Wednesday. The incident also prompted shopkeepers to down shutters. Unknown
people had inscribed “Last Warning” on the shutters of various shops at Zaina
Kadal, apparently to enforce shutdown in the old city.
“None of the
shops opened today as some warning posters had come up in downtown yesterday,”
said a shopkeeper from Bohri Kadal.
Impact of warning
posters was also seen in Lal Chowk, Residency Road, Maisuma and Hari Singh High
Street, which for the last one week saw huge rush of shoppers.
plied normally till noon, thinned later in the day with few passenger vehicles
plying in civil line areas. Complete shutdown was also observed in south
Kashmir’s Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, and Shopian. Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal
district too observed shutdown.
said they are trying to identify the people who put up threat posters in the
old city. “We are enquiring. We are looking into the case,” said VK Birdhi,
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Central Kashmir Range.