Srinagar: Kashmir remained shut for the second consecutive day against the killing of eight people during protests and clashes that erupted on Sunday, when election was held for Srinagar parliamentary seat.
All shops, business establishments and offices remained closed due to the strike called by pro-freedom camp in solidarity with the youth killed in government forces’ firing.
Clashes were reported from several areas of Srinagar like Soura and HMT areas and in North Kashmir’s Old Sopore in the afternoon between youth and government forces.
Protesters clashed with government forces in Barthan locality of Qamarwari as well, where funeral prayers of a 55-year-old river, who died after he allegedly lost control of his vehicle amid a stone pelting incident, were held.
Traffic services remained disrupted owing to the shutdown with all public transport and most of the private vehicles remaining off the roads including in the main city centre area of Lal Chowk.
The authorities restored broadband internet services after suspending them ahead of polls on Sunday. The restoration of mobile internet is likely to follow, according to sources in view of the deferring of by poll.
The shutdown call by the pro-freedom camp was also reciprocated in Chenab Valley areas of Kishtwar and Bhaderwah where all shops and business establishments remained closed against the civilian killings in Sunday’s poll bound areas.
The pro-freedom camp withdrew its shutdown call on Wednesday in view of the postponement of by-polls in Anantnag parliamentary constituency, Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader.