Kashmir shuts against civilian killings

Normal life in Valley was disrupted by the strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against civilian killings by forces.
Shops, business establishments, private offices, petrol pumps and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley while public transport was off the roads.
The work in government offices and banks was affected by the strike.
The inter-Kashmir train service was suspended in view of the shutdown called by the separatists against civilian killings by forces in the Valley.
“All trains to and fro from Banihal to Baramulla were suspended by authorities for security reasons,” an official said.
On Tuesday, 16-year-old Tamsheel Ahmad Khan of Shopian was killed in forces firing on protestors near encounter site in Kundalan village of Shopian while UbaidManzoor Lone, 22, son of Mohammad Manzoor Lone of NadihalBaramulla, who was injured in BSF firing at Nadihal on June 25, succumbed to injuries at SKIMS Srinagar.
On July 7, three civilians — Shakir Ahmad Khanday (22); Arshad Ahmad (20) and a girl Andleeb Jan, 13, — were killed in army firing at Hawoora village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Reports from Shopian, Kulgam and Nadihal said large number of people from neighbouring villages thronged the residences of slain civilians to offer condolence and sympathies with bereaved families.
In view of the shutdown, contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed in Anantnag, Pulwama and other major flashpoints of south Kashmir to prevent youth from taking to roads and protests against civilian killings.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for shutdown to protest the use of “unbridled force” by forces on unarmed civilians.
Top separatist leaders including Geelani, Mirwaiz and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and others remained under house arrest while Yasin Malik is lodged in central jail, Srinagar.
Even as Valley was mourning the killing of civilians, another tragedy struck at Memander village in Shopian where a minor boy Salik of Memandar was killed and four others grievously injured after a mysterious blast in the compound of one of the victim’s houses.