Shutdown in Pampore on Sheikh Aziz’s anniversary

Bilal Habib

Pulwama: A complete shutdown is being observed in Pampore town of this south Kashmir district to commemorate the death anniversary of Peoples League leader Shiekh Abdul Aziz.

All the shops and business establishments are closed in parts of Saffron town while the movement of transport has also been affected due to a shutdown observed to commemorate the seventh death anniversary of the pro-freedom leader, witnesses told Kashmir. At some places, CRPF and police have been deployed to scuttle any pro-freedom demonstrations.

Witnesses said that scores of people also visited the martyrs’ graveyard at Eidgah in downtown Srinagar and paid tributes to the slain leader.

Shiekh Aziz was killed on this day in 2008 at Tchahal village of Uri when he was leading a procession towards Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK) to protest against the economic blockade of Valley enforced by the extremist Hindu outfits following a mass agitation over the transfer of 100 acre of forest land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

Over 60 people were killed by the government forces to crush the agitation before the government withdrew the order.