BUDGAM: A spontaneous shutdown was observed in parts of Budgam district on Monday to mourn the civilians killed by government forces on this day a year ago, when parliamentary by-elections were being held amid a massive boycott in Srinagar and Budgam.
Shops and business establishments were closed in Kawoosa, Chadoora, Charar-e-Sharief, Pakherpora, Dalwan and Rathsuna, the native areas of the slain civilians.
Seven civilians – Adil Faroq Dar, resident of Kawoosa; Nissar Ahmad Mir, resident of Rathsun; Aamir Resray, resident of Dadonpora; Shabir Ahmad Bhat, resident of Dawlatpora; Abbas Jahangir and Faizan Fayaz, both residents of Dalwah Chrar-e-Sharief; and Aqil Ahmad Wani of Churmujroo were killed in Budgam district on April 9, 2017.
People were seen visiting the homes of the slain civilians to offer ‘fateh khawani’ prayers. Taranas were being played from loudspeakers of mosques in praise of martyrs.
The district administration had ordered closure of all colleges and higher secondary schools in these areas of Budgam to prevent any untoward incident.