Life in Kashmir remained crippled for the 129th day on a row and Section 144 remained firmly clamped while political leaders in India remained busy trying to improve their prospects in the more lucrative UP election. The shutdown was called in July after killing of Kashmiri militant leader Burhan Wani by security forces. At least 92 people have been killed, more than 13000 injured and over 8000 arrested in the Valley in over four months of unrest
Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley. Public transport was off the roads. Empty roads were manned by the men in uniform.
Market places opened in the evening as the separatists spearheading the shutdown had announced a 15-hour relaxation from 4 pm to 7 am.
The Sozeith area of Narbal in central Kashmir’s Budgam district saw massive demonstrations on Sunday to protest against the arrest of 12 people by the police during their nighttime raids. Local newspapers quoted residents saying the police ransacked at least 18 houses and damaged vehicles after the protests began.
SSP Srinagar, Amit Kumar, however, said that forces went there to arrest the wanted stone pelters. “There were some miscreants who were hindering traffic movement and setting the vehicles on fire,” he said, denying that the cops fired tear gases. “During the police action, some miscreants pelted stones on the police party. A mild force was used to chase them away,” he said.