Srinagar: A near complete shutdown was observed in the Valley on Thursday against a slew of state government and government of India’s policies and proposals that have been termed anti-Kashmir by the resistance and civil society groups.
Both Hurriyats and JKLF had called for a shutdown on Thursday and protests after noon prayers on Friday against the setting up of ‘composite’ residential clusters for Kashmir Pandits, colonies for ex-servicemen, the New Industrial Policy and other such measures.
All shops, business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed. Only private vehicles were plying on roads, that too sparsely. Attendance in government offices remained thin.
To prevent pro-freedom protests, the government had deployed policemen and paramilitary troopers in strength at flashpoints. Customarily, most of the resistance leaders were detained by the police at their residences, while JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik was detained at Kothi Bagh police station.
Besides the leaders, dozens of activists of pro-freedom groups and those youths the government suspected might mobilise people for protests were detained in various parts of the Valley since Monday.
Syed Ali Geelani: We will not allow the implementation of the RSS agendas in Jammu and Kashmir at any cost. We welcome tourists with open arms and our nation feels pride in serving them here, but we can’t close our eyes from our national responsibilities and nor will we allow the communal Sangh Parivar to do whatever they want in this Muslim majority region
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq: The setting up of sainik colonies, satellite townships for Kashmiri Pandits, houses for the labourers working in Kashmir, and the new anti-Kashmiri industrial policy is not acceptable to us and we will oppose these steps of the government tooth and nail
Yasin Malik: If our blood is needed to stop the implementation of these evil designs, we will not shy away from spilling that too, because these issues are threatening our very existence. As a living nation we will do everything possible to safeguard our national interests