SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown was observed on Thursday across Kashmir against the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Hafizullah Mir in southern Kashmir.
The call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
All shops, business establishments and private offices remained closed in the valley, while public transport was off the roads. Thin movement of private transport was seen on roads in some areas. Train services remained suspended for the day in the entire Valley.
Reports from all district headquarters in northern and southern Kashmir said that these areas remained shut through the day. In southern Kashmir, groups of youth laid barricades on the Anantnag-Achwal-Kokernag road. Protests turned to stone-pelting at Skeikhsaz Pora, Iqbal Market and Khanabal areas of Anantnag district. Locals said that government forces fired warning shots to disperse the protestors and at some place used force that led to damage to property.
Leaders of pro-freedom parties including the Jamiat-e-Islami, Dukhtaran-i-Millat, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, and Muslim League visited the residence of the slain Hafizullah. The leaders paid tributes to his determination and “martyrdom” and prayed for his soul.