Srinagar: Life in Kashmir was disrupted Thursday due to a
strike called by separatists to protest against polling for first phase of Lok
Sabha elections in the Valley and NIA action against Hurriyat Conference
leaders and their kin.
Shops, business establishments and educational institutions
remained closed due to the strike while attendance in government and private
offices was thin, officials said.
Public transport remained off the roads in most parts of the
valley but some private vehicles could be seen plying the roads in the city,
the officials said.
Polling is being held Thursday for Baramulla Lok Sabha
constituency where 13,12 lakh voters are eligible to decide the fate of nine
candidates in the fray.
The officials said the situation across the valley was so
far peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere.
Joint huriyat, an amalgam of separatist conglomerates, has
called for a shutdown.
They said the strike is also to protest against the closure
of Kashmir’s main highway for civilians for two days in a week and alleged
attack by police and security forces on inmates at Central Jail Srinagar.
Appealing people to stay away from Lok Sabha polls,
separatists said shutdown will be observed in areas which are going to polls in
the valley in subsequent phases of the elections.