Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Sunday in protestagainst the killing of two civilians and two militants by government forces at Dialgam village in Anantnag district. Authorities had imposed restrictions on assembly in areas under seven police stations in downtown Srinagar. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone said that restrictions under CrPC Section 144 were imposed in areas under Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud police stations. Police and paramilitary CRPF remained deployed in strength in these areas.
The call for the shutdown was given by the joint resistance leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
Residents of these areas told Kashmir Reader that government forces put up iron barricades and concertina wires at many roads in the old city and also in uptown Lal Chowk to bar public movement. Residents blamed the
government for turning the entire old city into a military garrison.
“We have been under curfew for the past three days. Residents of the old city have been facing immense problems due to these harsh restrictions. We have been imprisoned here,” said a group of people in Khanyar.
Residents of Nowhatta said they were running out of eatables as all shops were closed since Friday.
Government forces had put up blockades at several roads including at Gojwari, Rajouri Kadal, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta and Rainawari.
Shops, restaurants, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained closed in Srinagar and in all other district headquarters. Public transport also remained affected across the Valley. Private transport was seen plying normally, except in restricted areas in Srinagar.
Complete shutdown was observed in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Budgam, Anantnag, Ganderbal, Shopian, Pulwama and in other districts.
Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to be under house arrest. The resistance leadership said in a statement that “brutal” use of force in Dialgam Anantnag had once again brought to the fore the “complete disregard” for human life, especially of youth, in Kashmir, “so that our race perishes”.