The normal life in Valley was disrupted on Thursday due to the shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the killing of Rising Kashmir founding editor, Syed Shujaat Bukhari and civilians in Kashmir.
The shops, business establishments and educational institutions in Srinagar remained closed while public transport was off the roads. However, private vehicles and three wheelers were plying. The work in government offices and banks remained affected.
The shutdown was also observed in other parts of the Valley.
In view of the shutdown, train services between Baramulla and Banihal was suspended by the authorities.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for shutdown today against the assassination of Bukhari and civilian killings in Valley.
Unidentified gunmen had shot dead Rising Kashmir founding editor Shujaat Bukhari and two of his security guards at Press Enclave, Srinagar on June 14 evening.
Meanwhile, police today detained Yasin Malik from his Maisuma residence and lodged him at police station Kothi Bagh.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and other separatist leaders were placed under house detention to prevent them from taking out rallies or staging protests against Shujaat’s killing.
Mirwaiz denounced curbs on separatists.
“While Yasin Malik was detained, Geelani has been placed under house arrest at his house. Activists also detained. These dictatorial tactics will not change anything. People have a basic right to protest brutal repression and killings and we will continue to do so as long as this policy is pursued,” Mirwaiz tweeted.
A Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said a police party arrived at Mirwaiz’s Nageen residence last evening and placed him under house arrest.
Another Hurriyat (M) leader Hilal Ahmad War was also placed under house arrest.
The JRL had demanded an international probe into the killing of Shujaat Bukhari.
The killing of Shujaat Bukhari has sent shock waves in the State and abroad.