SHOPIAN: For the ninth consecutive day, Shopian district and parts of Pulwama district stayed shut on Monday in protest against the killing of local militants and civilians in south Kashmir last week. An unrelenting shutdown since last Sunday in Shopian district has crippled normal life.
Aashiq Hussain Mir, a teacher, told Kashmir Reader that students were the worst hit by the constant shutdowns. “Since January 24 this year, schools have been shut for more days than they have been open. If we include holidays, then schools have been shut for one-and-a-half month,” he said, adding that schools should be excluded from shutdowns and strikes.
Parts of Pulwama district have also remained shut since last Sunday. These parts include the main town, Tahab, and areas adjoining Shopian district.
Four civilians and 12 militants were killed at two different villages of Shopian on April 1. On April 6, a local Hizb militant was killed at Kangun village of Pulwama.
All business establishments and shops were closed in Shopian district and parts of Pulwama, while traffic was off the roads. Some government-run schools opened in village areas after eight days of being shut.