Valley shuts to mourn civilian killings
Student suffers injury during protests in Sopore
Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed across the Valley on Monday against the civilian killings in Kashmir.
The shutdown call was given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday evening. The trio had earlier appealed people to observe shutdown on Tuesday but the strike call was proponed by the leadership, appealing people to protest on Monday instead of Tuesday.
In view of the JRL’s call, witnesses said the district administration had deployed heavy contingents of police and paramilitary troopers in sensitive areas of Srinagar city and measure towns of Kashmir to thwart any protest.
Reports said that all the shops, petrol pumps, educational institutions and business establishments remained closed while as the public transport was sparse but private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were plying in many areas of the city.
Similar reports were received from other district headquarters of the Valley.
Besides, the mobile internet services in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district remained suspended.
The authorities had also suspended the train services in the Valley in view of the shutdown call, reports added.
The services were suspended as a precautionary measure, officials said.
Meanwhile, a student of class 11th was injured allegedly in firing by government forces in Sopore outskirts of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Reports quoting the official sources said that a youth identified as Ubaid Manzoor Lone, son of Manzoor Ahmed Lone of Nadihal Sopore suffered a bullet wound in his right thigh after paramilitary CRPF opened fire during clashes at Nadihal on Baramulla-Handwara highway on Monday morning.
They said that a group of students were protesting against the recent civilian killing in government forces firing in parts of Valley.
Medical Superintendent, Baramulla hospital, Dr Syed Masood said that the youth suffered firearm injury in the thigh.
Meanwhile, a CRPF vehicle passed through the area and the protesting students hurled stones on it, he said, adding that the troopers fired some shots resulting in injuries to the student.
Authorities also detained several separatist leaders in Srinagar.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained from his residence while Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest to prevent the duo from leading any protest against the civilian killings in Srinagar.
A spokesman of the JKLF said that Malik was arrested from his Maisuma residence early Monday morning and lodged at Kothibagh police station.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of Hurriyat (M) said a police party reached at the Nigeen residence of the leader and placed him under detention.