Kashmir shuts to mourn civilian killings

The Valley observed complete shutdown on Thursday on the call of separatists to protest civilian killings in Kulgam while authorities observed restrictions in some areas to foil protests.
The authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in parts of downtown and Maisuma and adjoining areas in uptown today to foil protests.

The police and CRPF men were deployed in strength in the areas to maintain law and order and foil protests against the civilian killings. . Barricades were put in place to curb civilian movement.
The restrictions were also imposed in Kulgam, Shopian and some other areas of south Kashmir.

In rest of the Valley, shops and business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads.
Internet services continued to remain suspended in south Kashmir while in Srinagar netizens were deprived of high speed internet service for the second consecutive day.
All examinations scheduled for today were postponed by universities including Kashmir University, Islamic University and Central University.

The complete shutdown was also observed in several areas of Ramban district against the civilian killings.
Reports said Banihal, Khari, Tethar and Chareel in Ramban district observed complete shutdown. All the business establishments and shops remained shut.
The call for shutdown was given by Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against killing of four civilians by troops near encounter site at Khudwani in Kulgam yesterday.
The authorities placed Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest while JKLF chairman Mohamamd Yasin Malik, who was arrested yesterday, has been lodged at police station Kothibagh.
The youth staged protests in Soura area of Srinagar and clashed with police and CRPF men. The clashes in the area continued for some time.
The students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar held a sit-in protest at the campus.
Holding placards, the protesting students called for upholding human rights of Kashmiris and putting an end to the use of pellet guns and other lethal weapons of crowd control.
The protesting students demanded immediate halt on human rights violations in Kashmir.
The students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Wadoora also staged a protest against the civilian killings.
Clashes broke out between protesters and forces in Drugmulla and Bumhama areas of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Reports said youth took to streets and staged protests against the killing of four youth in forces’ action. They clashed with the force personnel, who fired tear smoke shells and resorted to baton charge to disperse them.