SHOPIAN: Another day of shutdown was observed across Shopian and Pulwama districts on Sunday to protest the killing of local militants and civilians by government forces. Since January 24 this year, Shopian has observed shutdown on 31 days.
In Shopian, today’s shutdown was for the eighth straight day. All shops, schools and business establishments remained closed in the district and traffic was also off the roads. No clashes or untoward incident has been reported in the past two days in the district.
Pulwama also shut to protest the killing of local militant Musavir Hussain in a shootout with government forces at Kangun village of the district. A complete shutdown was observed in the markets, while schools remained closed and roads were deserted.
Minor clashes were reported in areas of the main town where protesting youths hit the streets chanting pro-freedom slogans. They hurled stones on government forces who later retaliated with tear smoke shells and stun grenades to disperse the youth.