SHOPIAN: A complete shutdown was observed on Wednesday in this south Kashmir district and neighbouring areas to mourn the killing of two Hizbul Mujahideen militants in a nocturnal encounter at Safnagri village of Shopian.
All the business establishments and shops remained closed while thin private traffic was plying on roads. The shutdown in the district continued, except a day, since last Saturday when a civilian and a militant were killed at Gagren village on the outskirts of Shopian town.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that despite busy days for orchardists – who were in need to buy ropes, pastes and nut-bolts to repair the trees damaged in recent snowfall – the district observed shutdown.
Shopian is heading towards the ‘100 mark’ of shutdown days this year.
While most of the shutdown calls were given by the joint resistance leadership (JRL), the district also observed spontaneous shutdowns and protests against the killing of around 60 people including militants this year.