Srinagar: Life came to a standstill in Kashmir valley today on a call for shutdown by pro-freedom leaders to protest the killing of five militants and five civilians near the encounter site in Shopian district yesterday.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), an amalgam of pro-freedom leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, called for a complete strike to protest against the killings by government forces including an assistant professor from the Kashmir University.
The leaders have called for a sit-in against the killings outside the Civil Secretariat, which opened today as part of the traditional ‘Darbar Move’ practice,.
While Geelani and Mirwaiz have been placed under house arrest, Malik has been taken into preventive custody since Saturday.
Schools, colleges and other educational institutions have been closed as “a precautionary measure” to prevent protests.
The Kashmir University has cancelled all academic activity for two days and postponed the exams scheduled to be held today.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed while public transport remained off the roads due to the strike call.