Kulgam killings: Kashmir shuts to exhibit solidarity, restrictions imposed
Srinagar: Authorities on Thursday imposed restrictions in Srinagar areas while the rest of the Valley observed a complete shutdown against the civilian killings in Khudwani area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Wednesday.
Four civilians and an Army trooper were killed while dozens of civilians sustained injuries during the encounter that raged between forces and militants in Kulgam district.
However, the militants later managed to flee from the spot where they were trapped since Tuesday night.
Following the civilian killings, the Joint resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for complete shutdown today to protest against the civilian killings.
In wake of the shutdown call, the authorities imposed restrictions in Srinagar areas including Rainawari, Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar and others to thwart any possible protests against the civilian killings, an official of the district administration said.
“Your police seeks cooperation of citizens for maintaining order and ensuring peace. Today you will find restrictions in some parts of city # Srinagar. While it is a cause of inconvenience, we assure these control orders are temporary. For any assistance pl dial 100,” a police spokesman also tweeted.
Locals said that forces in large number were deployed in downtown areas since the wee hours of the morning.
Besides restrictions in Old city areas, the authorities also didn’t allow Geelani and Mirwaiz to march towards Shopian.
A complete shutdown was also observed in rest of the Valley.
All the shops, business establishments, educational institutions, petrol pumps and others remained closed today while the traffic was also thin on the roads.
Meanwhile, educational institutions across the Valley barring Ganderbal district remained closed today in view of the prevailing situation across the Valley.
Witnesses said that clashes also erupted at many places across Kashmir.
They said that clashes between the protesters and government forces erupted on Thursday in Drugmulla and Bumhama areas of Kupwara district.
Reports said that youth took to streets and staged protests against the killing of four civilians in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Reports said that dozens of students of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Hazratbal, Srinagar also held a protest demonstration against the killings in south Kashmir.
An eyewitness said that scores of local students assembled in the premises of the institute and shouted anti-government and pro-freedom slogans to protest against the civilian killings.
The students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) of North campus at Wadoora Sopore also staged a protest demonstration against the Kulgam killings.
Authorities have meanwhile, suspended the mobile internet services in southern districts while the services in Srinagar were reduced to 2g in view of the security reasons.
Besides, the train services in the Valley were also suspended.