Spontaneous shutdown, clashes mark Pulwama killings
Srinagar: A spontaneous shutdown was observed in most parts of Southern Kashmir in some Srinagar areas following the news about the killing of seven civilians during the clashes in Pulwama spread across the Valley.
Soon after the seven civilian killings took place in Pulwama after the gunfight in Pulwama village that left three militants and one Army man dead, the people across South Kashmir observed a spontaneous shutdown while in Srinagar areas, protest rallies were taken out and the shopkeepers at many places also closed down their business units to mark a protest against the civilian killings.
The residents of Old City area including some Hurriyat leaders carried out a protest rally in Nowhatta area of Srinagar here against the civilian killings and termed the killings as ‘massacre of innocent Kashmiris’.
Reports said that dozens of people mostly youth, including Hurrriyat activists, staged a protest at Nowhatta Chowk to condemn the killings. The protesters were chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. They demanded an immediate end to the civilian killings and search operations in the Valley
Kashmir university students also boycotted their classes and staged a protest in the varsity premise s today following the killing of civilians.
The students assembled outside the Humanities Block and staged a protest against the “bloodbath” in Pulwama. Amid pro-freedom sloganeering, the students marched towards the VC secretariat here as a mark of protest.
Meanwhile, the reports of intense clashes were also received from Sopore town where the students of Degree College Sopore had staged a protest over civilian killings.
The clashes broke out between students and the government forces following which the shopkeepers closed down their shops while as the public transport went off the roads.
Reports added that the clashes also erupted between the students of Amar Singh College and the forces in Srinagar city.