Kashmir shuts against Drubgam civilian, militant killings

Kashmir shuts against Drubgam civilian, militant killings
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Junaid Rather

SRINGAR: Kashmir on Tuesday observed complete shutdown against the killing of a civilian and two militants in Drubgam area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Two Hizbul Mujahideen militants, including a top commander, Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger, and a civilian, Shahid Ahmad Dar, aged 25, son of Mohd Ashraf Dar, resident of Arihal, Pulwama, were killed during an exchange of fire in a gunfight in Drubgam village in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The shutdown call was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against the civilian killing in Drubgam.
Locals said that forces were deployed in strength in the downtown area of Srinagar.
Commercial hub Lal Chowk witnessed a complete shutdown. All shops and business establishments and educational institutions remained closed on Tuesday. However, light vehicular movement was visible in the Civil Lines areas of the city.
The government also suspended train services in the Valley on Tuesday.
Eyewitnesses said that a complete shutdown was observed in Char-e-Sharief and Narbal areas of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Thin movement of traffic was seen plying in main town Budgam and Beerwah area.
Kashmir Reader received reports that a complete shutdown was observed in Ganderbal.
In northern Kashmir, as well, all the districts observed complete shutdown.
Meanwhile, top and middle-rung Hurriyat leaders were put under house detention on Tuesday morning.
Reports said that heavy contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed outside Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Hyderpora residence and the Nigeen residence of Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq to prevent them from taking out any protest rally from their respective areas.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehraie, JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yaseen Malik too have been restrained from moving out by government forces deployed outside their residences.
A police official told Kashmir Reader that the situation across the Valley remained peaceful.
The government had imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in seven police stations, including Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj and partially in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas to thwart any possible protest against the civilian killing.