Day 129: Massive protests in Sozeith against arrests, police excesses

Srinagar—The life in Valley remained crippled for the 129th day due to separatists-sponsored shutdown while people in Sozeith in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district staged massive protests against arrest of youth and police highhandedness. The shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley. Public transport was off the roads. However, private vehicles and three-wheelers were plying.
A police official said there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in the Valley. He, however, said restrictions under Section 144 remained in force to maintain law and order and foil anti-India protests. The shops and business establishments opened in the evening as the separatists had announced a 15-hour relaxation in the strike from 4 pm to 7 am.
During the relaxation period, shoppers thronged the markets and purchased woolen clothes and other items. The vendors had also put up their stalls at the weekly flea-market, also known as Sunday market, which witnessed huge rush of customers
At least 92 people have been killed, more than 13000 injured and over 8000 arrested in the Valley in over four months of unrest triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.—RK

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