Normal life remained paralyzed across Kashmir in response to the strike call given by the resistance leadership against the killing of a civilian in firing by government forces in Shopian earlier this week.
The government forces had killed, Adil Farooq Magrey, after they opened fire on protesters who were trying to disrupt an anti-militancy operation in Ganwapora village on Tuesday. Against the killing the joint resistance leadership had called for a shutdown and peaceful protests after Friday prayers in response to which all shops and other business establishments remained closed in Srinagar while public transport was off the roads. The reports of shutdown also received from other district headquarters of Kashmir.
Authorities in the Kashmir had imposed curfew-like restrictions in seven police station areas to prevent separatist-called protests against the killing of a youth in the firing by security forces earlier this week. The areas include Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, M.R.Gunj, Kralkhud, Maisuma and Safa Kadal police stations.
Authorities had imposed restrictions under section 144 of the code of criminal procedure (CrPC) which was also imposed in the district headquarters of Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara. In view of the strike call the examination that was scheduled for Friday was postponed while the train services between Baramulla and Bannihal town were suspended.
While senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani continued to remain under house arrest, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest on Friday. Authorities had suspended 3G and 4G mobile internet services in parts of Kasmir Valley and reduced the speed of fixed landline broadband facilities. Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Geelani had called upon people to register complete shutdown on Friday.
No prayers at Jamia Masjid
Police Authorities closed all gates of Jamia Masjid Srinagar and sealed all routes leading to the historical mosque to prevent people from gathering for weekly congregational prayers in view of call for protests by the joint resistance leadership. All roads leading to the
mosque in Nowhatta were sealed with rolls of concertina wires while the gates of the mosque, where Hurriyat (M) chairman and chief cleric
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addresses the faithful were shut. Heavy deployment of the personnel was made to prevent the people from offering their religious duties.