Valley shuts against Batamaloo killing
A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir valley on Sunday against the killing of a youth in Batamaloo area of Srinagar on late Saturday evening.
The shutdown call was given by the joint resistance leadership including the Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik.
All the shops, business establishments and other commercial establishments remained closed in the Kashmir valley while Public transport was off the roads. The roads in Batamaloo area where a youth was killed on late Saturday evening wore a deserted look as the authorities had imposed restrictions in the area to thwart any possible protests against the killing.
The clashes were also reported in a few areas in different districts today. Local said that clashes erupted between youth and forces in Rainawari area of Srinagar during which the forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth who were pelting stones.
Reports of shutdown were also received from other district headquarters of the valley. A police official said that barring a few minor stone pelting incidents, the situation remained under control.
Pertinently, a youth was shot dead by forces on late Saturday evening in Batamaloo, while police had said it is investigating the incident. The youth identified as Sajad Hussain Sheikh of Chundoosa Baramulla, presently living in SD Colony, Batamaloo, was killed when he was walking on a road.