Kashmir shuts against civilian killings

Two injured in forces firing in HMT; Malik arrested, Mirwaiz put under house arrest, Situation remained under control

BK News Desk/Srinagar
January 14, 2018 TOP STORIES 195 Views
Kashmir shuts against civilian killings

Strike crippled life on Saturday in the Kashmir valley due strike called by separatists against the civilian killings.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in the valley in response to strike call by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, both under house arrest and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, taken into custody this morning.
Business and other activities were paralysed in the restriction free areas of Srinagar, where traffic was also off the roads. However, private vehicles, besides three wheelers and cabs were seen plying in the city routes.
The authorities had imposed in the Down Town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) areas under seven police stations and in the old city and civil lines since early this morning as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order problem.
Work in government offices and public sector undertakings were also affected due to strike. However, banks remained closed on account of bank holiday today. Shops and business establishments in the main business hubs in the city and outskirts remained closed. Additional security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital to foil any attempt by separatist to hold demonstration. Business and other activities were affected in the uptown, where vendors were selling vegetables and other eatables.
Shut down was also observed in this and other south Kashmir towns and other tehsil headquarters, a report Shopian said.
A local correspondent said over phone that shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. Additional security forces had been deployed to maintain law and order. Security forces were also deployed in strength to prevent any stone pelting on vehicles on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
Reports of strike were also received from north Kashmir with all shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic off the road in all main towns and tehsil headquarters. However, some cabs and private vehicles were plying. A report from Baramulla said that security forces had been deployed on bridges connecting down town with civil lines. Similar measures had been taken in apple township of Sopore, where security forces remained deployed.
Reports of strike were also received from central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.
Meanwhile, two persons were injured after army opened fire in HMT area on the outskirts of Srinagar on Saturday, reports said.
SSP Srinagar City Imtiaz Ismail Parray, according to GNS news agency, said what actually happened near Shaltang in HMT is a matter of investigation.
However, he said army has stated that it had inputs about movement of militants in the area and fired when the vehicle did not stop despite being asked to do so.
“As per army there was input about movement of militants. It asked the vehicle to stop but instead it run away as such fired few rounds at them leading to the injuries to two persons”, SSP said.
“Both the injured were hospitalised where their condition is said to be stable”, SSP said.
He said that a case has been registered and further investigations are going on.

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