Separatist Leaders, MLA Detained as Shutdown Hits Kashmir Valley

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Separatist Leaders, MLA Detained as Shutdown Hits Kashmir Valley

June 26, 2018

SRINAGAR — Life across the Kashmir Valley was derailed June 25 by a separatist-sponsored shutdown even as authorities detained senior separatist leaders to prevent their participation in protests.

Shops, public transport, other business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the Valley.

Rail services between Baramulla and Bannihal were suspended as a precaution. Internet services were also suspended in southern areas of Kashmir.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed to the old city and uptown areas of Srinagar, though no restrictions were imposed.

The protest was called by the Joint Residence Leadership, a separatist grouping headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, to denounce the civilian killings in Kashmir.

Police took Yasin Malik into preventive custody while Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq were placed under house arrest.

Independent MLA Engineer Rashid was also taken into preventive custody after he started a protest march from the Magarmal Bagh area of Srinagar towards the civil Secretariat, also to denounce civilian killings.

Nearly a dozen of his supporters were also detained by police who intercepted the march.

Meanwhile, a youth sustained a gunshot injury in his thigh on the outskirts of Sopore during clashes between the security forces and civilian protesters.

The youth was shifted to a local hospital from where he was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. Attending doctors have described the youth’s condition as stable and said he is out of danger.

A civilian, Yawar Ahmad Dar, was killed June 24 in clashes with security forces during an anti-militancy operation in the Kulgam district while Shahid Hajam, who was injured in the Srigufwara area of Anantnag last week, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.