SRINAGAR: A Valley-wide shutdown was observed on Saturday on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. The shutdown was called three days ago but Srinagar youth Qaiser Amin’s killing under the wheels of a CRPF vehicle on Friday gave it added salience. The JRL called the shutdown against many issues, including civilian killings and the firing of pellets and desecration at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
Business establishments, shops, petrol pumps, schools, colleges and universities remained closed across the Valley. Government offices recorded thin attendance. Public transport was off the roads, while there was slight movement of private transport on the roads.
The government had suspended mobile internet services in Srinagar and Budgam districts. It was later resumed in the afternoon to 2G speed. Deployment of troops was made in old city areas to prevent any protests. Train services have also been suspended across Kashmir.
Restrictions under Section 144 were imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Khanyar, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safakadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma police stations on Saturday.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was arrested while Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest, to prevent them from leading protests against the killing of Qaiser in downtown Srinagar.
A partial shutdown was observed across north Kashmir. Most shops and business centres, including tuition centres, remained closed in Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Palhalan, Sangrama, Rafiabad, Zaingir, Langate, Handwara, Kupwara, Kralgund, Hajin and Bandipora areas. Private transport was plying on the roads but public transport was affected. There was no report of any untoward incident in these areas by the time this report was filed.