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Kashmir shuts to protest scribe’s, civilian killing

Kashmir shuts to protest scribe’s, civilian killing
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Srinagar: Following the call given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a complete shutdown was Thursday observed across the Valley to protest against the killing of veteran journalist, Syed Shujaat Bukhari and other civilians here.

The JRL comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had appealed people to observe a day-long strike against the killing of Shujaat Bukhari and civilians.

Bukhari was killed along with two security guards in Srinagar’s Press Enclave when he was coming out from his office in Srinagar on June 14.

All the shops, business establishments and most of the educations institutes remained closed throughout the day while the traffic was also thin on the roads.

Witnesses said that unlike in the recent past, no restrictions were imposed in the Old City areas.

However, they said that the forces were deployed in large number in the sensitive areas of Srinagar to thwart any possible protests against the journalists and civilian killings.

Reports of shutdown were also received from the other districts of the Valley.

All the shops and other business establishments remained closed throughout the day while the vehicular movement was also thin on the roads.

Authorities also detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik and put Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention on Wednesday night.

Pertinently, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under house detention.

Meanwhile, authorities had suspended train services in Kashmir in wake of the shutdown call.

An official said that the authorities in the late Wednesday evening decided to suspend the train services in Kashmir for a day as a ‘precautionary measure’.

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