Kashmir shuts over civilian killings

Normal life was thrown out of gear across Kashmir as authorities imposed restrictions on movement of people on Wednesday in view of the shutdown call given by separatists to protest killing of a woman during an encounter between forces and militants in Shopian district.

The authorities imposed restrictions in view of call given by separatists. Shops, offices and business centres remained shut and there was a very thin movement of traffic on the roads. Train services were also suspended in south Kashmir.

The authorities disallowed movement of traffic in the areas where restrictions were imposed. A number of barricades were set up to quell the protests.
Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city in view of the strike call given by separatists to protest killing at Shopian. On Tuesday two Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were gunned down by forces in Shopian while the woman also died after hit by a bullet.

Restrictions were imposed in areas falling under
seven police station areas of Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma as a precautionary measure, a senior official said. Normal life was affected due to the strike call given by the separatist groups, under the banner of the joint resistance leadership, against the killing of a woman in Batmurran area of Shopian.

According to police, Ruby Jan alias Beauty was killed
during cross firing between militants and forces in the village in Shopian. However, local residents alleged that the woman was killed, and eight others injured, in action by forces against protesters near the encounter site.
Authorities suspended the train services in Kashmir
for the day as a precautionary measure. Senior separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was
placed under house arrest while independent MLA from Langate, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, was taken into preventive custody at Zero Bridge here while he was on way to Shopian, a police official said. “Placed under #HouseArrest again, while the inhuman brutal killings of #Kashmiris including our young women continue and the collaborators who preside over them sing paeans of their masters!,” Mirwaiz wrote on twitter.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Tuesday condemned the killing of woman in forces firing on protestors and called for Valley-wide shutdown against the civilian killings by troops.

“Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and even children are not safe. The brutal killings of Ruby (Beauty Jan), Misra Bano of Handwara, and Asif Iqbal of Kupwara and killing of Zahid Ahmad in Rajasthan clearly indicate that army and other forces are here only to kill Kashmiris and pro-India politicians are deployed to provide legal shield to them,” the separatist leaders said in a joint statement.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Range, Munir Ahmad Khan however said that the situation remained peaceful throughout the day. “No untoward incident occurred at any place,” he said.