SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Monday on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), which comprises Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, to protest against the killings of civilians and militants. All educational institutions, shops, markets and private offices stayed closed throughout the day and public transport went off the roads.
Reports said contingents of troops including police and paramilitary were deployed at several places in south Kashmir and in Srinagar to thwart protests and street clashes.
Reports said a partial shutdown was observed in the north Kashmir districts where most shops and business centres in Baramulla, Sangrama, Sheeri, Sopore, Pattan, Tangmarg, Rafiabad, Langate, Handwara, Kupwara, Kralpora, Hajin and Bandipora areas were closed and public transport was affected. However, private transport was plying normally on the roads throughout the day. No report of any protest or clash was received from these areas.
In a nocturnal encounter on Sunday, government forces killed three top commanders among six militants of Lashkar and Hizb in Shopian district. A Territorial Army soldier from Kashmir’s Kulgam was also killed in the gunfight that took place in Batgund area.
A 15-year-old civilian, Nouman Ashraf, resident of Kulgam, was hit by a bullet and died of the injuries when government forces opened fire on civilian protestors after the encounter was over.
Train services in Kashmir valley were kept suspended for the second consecutive day today.