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Shutdown against civilian killings hits life in Kashmir
Restrictions in Srinagar parts, Yasin arrested
MAJID NABI
SRINAGAR, Jan 13: Joint resistance Leadership’s (JRL) call for strike against civilian killings and curfew like restrictions imposed by the authorities in parts of Srinagar city affected normal life in Kashmir valley on Saturday.

Call for valley wide shutdown was given by JRL comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq against the killing of innocent civilians at the hands of government forces.

Restrictions under Section 144 CrPc was imposed in seven police station areas of Srinagar city which includes Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, MR Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud.

All the shops and business establishments remained closed with traffic too off the roads. However, skeletal movement of private vehicles and cabs could be seen on deserted roads.

Attendance in government and semi government offices and banks remained thin also as the employees could not make it to their respective work places due to the non-availability of public transport.

Roads in old city areas were sealed with spools of concertina wires and iron barricades with contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF in riot gear manning deserted streets.

While senior separatist leader and Hurriyat (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani continued to be under house detention police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik from his residence at Maisuma this morning.

Chairman of his faction Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was also placed under house detention at his Nigeen residence here.

Although the situation remained by and large peaceful with no reports of any untoward incident, youth clashed with government forces in old city Rajouri Kadal and Gojwara areas.

Police fired several tear smoke shells and to disperse the stone pelting youth who regrouped again and engaged police and CRPF in pitched battles.

Impact of shutdown called by separatists was also witnessed in district headquarters including North and South Kashmir.

Reports said that all the markets remained closed and traffic off the roads in response to the shutdown call.

Army reportedly resorted to aerial firing in Wanpoh area in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district after youth pelted stones on their vehicle. The clashes continued for half an hour before the area was cordoned off by police and CRPF.


News Updated at : Sunday, January 14, 2018
 
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