SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom groups and prominent business organisations have called for a complete shutdown in the Valley after the death of Zahid Ahmad, a trucker from Anantnag who was set afire by a Hindu mob in Udhampur on October 9.
Both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (Yaseen group), Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kashmir Traders Manufactures Federation and Kashmir Economic Alliance have supported the shutdown call. Sanjay Tickoo-led Kashmiri Pandit Sangharsh Samiti, an organisation of Kashmiri Hindus, has also supported the strike call.
Since this (PDP-BJP coalition) govt took charge, it gave RSS a chance to strengthen its base here, which ultimately helped the communal forces to spread their poisonous agenda
—Syed Ali Geelani
Several pro-freedom leaders such as Noor Mohammad Kalwal have reached Zahid’s native village Botengoo and will spend the night there. They will participate in his funeral scheduled Monday.
Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industry president Rakesh Gupta will visit the Valley on Tuesday morning and discuss the situation arising out of Zahid’s death with Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry functionaries. Gupta had blamed Indian and state agencies for the attack.
Inspector General of Police Syed Javeed Mujtaba Geelani told Kashmir Reader that restriction under section 144 will be imposed in five police stations of the old city to prevent protests. However, there would be no restriction on internet services. The five police stations are Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Safa Kadal.