SRINAGAR: A partial shutdown was observed on Thursday in Kashmir on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) to mourn the killing of two Anantnag militants, one of whom, Sabzar Sofi, had been a PhD scholar.
JRL leader Syed Ali Geelani had addressed via telephone the gathering at Sabzar’s funeral on Wednesday. During his speech, Geelani was interrupted by mourners, asking him to extend the shutdown call across the Valley.
While business establishments and main markets remained closed across Kashmir today, both private and public transport was plying on the roads. The three JRL leaders, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik, continued to remain under detention. The government conducted exams of Class 8 students, but students at many locations had to face problems due to lack of adequate transport. One student had to walk nearly 8km to reach her examination centre. There were similar reports from other areas of the Valley.
In Srinagar’s old city, restrictions were imposed in many areas to foil any protests. In Nowhatta, Rajouri Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Maharaj Gunj, Gojwara, Khanyar, Safa Kadal and other areas, government forces were keeping tight vigil, witnesses said. At many places, forces laid razor wires to restrict movement of people.
Train services from Srinagar to Banihal and from Srinagar to Baramulla were suspended today. Internet, though, was restored in Pulwama and Shopian districts after nearly a month. In Srinagar, government restored mobile internet services on Wednesday evening after the bodies of the slain militants were handed over to their families.
In Keeri area of Baramulla, where two militants were killed today, government suspended mobile internet services.