A protest shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership against unabated civilian killings affected normal life across the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday.
JRL comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, called the Valley-wide shutdown against the unabated killings of civilians by the government forces.Shops, other businesses, public transport and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the Valley on Wednesday even though private tranSport and some three-wheelers were seen moving on uptown and city outskirts here.
The shutdown call did not, however, affect the passage of Amarnath pilgrims to the two base camps of Baltal and Pahalgam.
Neither did anybody try to prevent the movement of tourists elsewhere in the Valley.
Authorities made heavy deployments of police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the old City areas here and other sensitive places without imposing any restrictions on civilian movement.
Two militants and a civilian were killed and more than 100 civilian protesters injured during a gunfight and ensuing clashes in south Kashmir’s Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday.
A man died of shock after being misinformed that his son, Zeenat, who recently joined militant ranks, was trapped at the battle site. While Muhammad Ishaq Naikoo died of cardiac arrest, a youth, Tamsheel Ahmad Khan, died at a hospital after receiving bullet injury last month during clashes with the government forces.
The militants killed were identified as Sameer Ahmad Sheikh from Shopian and a Pakistani national, Babar,–both belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit.
Train services between Baramulla town of the Valley and the Banihal town in Jammu region were suspended.
Mobile Internet services also remained suspended in most parts of south Kashmir. (Agencies)