Kupwara: A shutdown was observed in Kashmir on Sunday against the killing of a civilian by army in Kupwara. The shutdown call was issued by joint resistance leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
All business establishments remained closed both due to Sunday as well as strike in protest against the killing. Roads also witnessed thin traffic movement while shops remained closed.
On Thursday, army killed a civilan 70-year-old Mohammad Yusuf Bhat in Kupwara after protestors demanded body of two slain militants, who stormed an army camp there killing three soldiers including an officer.
Hundreds of troopers were deployed in Kupwara and roads leading to Panzgam, where the slain civilian was residing were barricaded. Amid restrictions, people from several villages visited the home of slain civilian to pay tributes to him.
People in Kupwara had planned to visit the residence of Bhat at Panzgam and offer their tributes to the family. Bhat’s son Tariq Ahmad Bhat, son of slain Bhat said that despite forces restrictions, people visited their home.
Naseer Ahmad of Kupwara said the forces barricaded all the roads leading to Panzgam. He said the people who could not reach slain man’s house offered special prayers at their respective places and in mosques in the district.
A complete shutdown was observed in Baramulla and other parts of north Kashmir. Similar reports of shutdown were also received from south Kashmir.