SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir Valley on Wednesday against the killing of a Class 9 student, two militants, and injuries to 135 civilians in firing by government forces in Kundalan village of Kulgam district on Tuesday. The shutdown was also observed against the death of a Baramulla youth who was injured in firing by BSF (Border Security Force) on June 25.
The shutdown call was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Days before Tuesday’s encounter in Kulgam, three civilians were killed in south Kashmir by army soldiers.
Across the Valley, all markets, shops and business establishments remained closed. Government offices were open but they had thin attendance. Public transport was mostly off the roads, though private vehicles were plying. There was no major incident of protests or clashes reported during the day. Railway services were suspended in the Valley and so were Internet services in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag. Late in the day, mobile internet services were restored to slow 2G speeds in south Kashmir.
Lawyers also suspended work at the High Court and subordinate courts in Srinagar. The JRL’s shutdown call was supported by the Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association which necessarily does not call off work on days of shutdown.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that mourners kept coming for the second consecutive day to pay condolences to the families of the slain boy and of the local militant. Peaceful protests were also held outside their homes.
All the three districts of north Kashmir – Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora – remained shut to observe the shutdown.