Shutdown continues in Anantnag over arrests of youth

Anantnag: A shutdown is being observed in several areas of this south Kashmir township against the arrest of youths on charges of stone pelting.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that the otherwise busy market places like Lal Chowk, Mattan Chowk, Dangerpora, Reshi Bazar and Sher Bagh wear a deserted look, as a spontaneous shutdown is being observed to protest the arrest of youth on the charges of stone pelting. However, transport has not been affected by the strike.

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz south Kashmir Qazi Yasir has threatened to go on hunger strike if all the youth arrested on allegations of stone pelting were not released till this evening.

The south Kashmir township has been on boil after a truck driver Zahid Rasool burnt by a Hindu mob in Udhampur on October 9, passed away in New Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital. His death sparked massive protests causing injuries to over a dozen people. To contain the protests, the administration imposed curbs for five consecutive days.