Sunday, August 1, 2010


Srinagar, Aug 1: With no relaxation in curfew in the summer capital for the past three days, the City dwellers are facing shortage of essentials and medicines. The people complained that the police and paramilitary CRPF didn’t even allow the milkmen to move out for business while many a family couldn’t get bread since Friday. “Earlier we would manage getting Naan (traditional morning bread) from the local baker. But today the cops didn’t allow us to move out,” complained some residents of Ram Bagh. A family said despite request before the cops on guard in the area, they were denied permission to get milk for their baby from adjoining Barzulla. “We begged before the cops that our child doesn’t take anything other than milk, but they paid a deaf ear to our pleas,” the father said. Similar was the scene of adjoining Chanapora where a youth was critically wounded in alleged police and paramilitary firing Friday. Shafat Ahmed, a local said there domestic stock of edibles had exhausted. Shafat gave an interesting reason to the depleting stock. “We had stocked edibles in line with the Hurriyat calendar but as the situation turned worst than expected we ran short of the stock,” he said adding they had no vegetables to cook for meals. While this was the scene in Civil Lines, the Shahr-e-Khaas plight was no better either. The residents living near vegetable growing areas of Eidgah-Anchaar belt said the troops didn’t allow any vegetable vendor to venture out nor was anyone allowed to go their for the essential shopping. “This is the height of atrocities that even though in the past we could get access at least to the vegetables grown in the adjoining areas, now even this basic facility is being denied,” said Ghulam Muhammad, a resident of Narwara. The residents of Nowhatta said given the shortage of vegetables they were preferring to consume Tehri, Haldi rice.

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