Shutdown in downtown Srinagar after local militant’s killing

Srinagar shutdown
Parts of Srinagar observed a shutdown on 1 January 2021 against the killing of three in an alleged gunfight in Lawaypora. Photograph by Umer Asif for The Kashmir Walla.

A complete shutdown is being observed in the downtown areas of Srinagar against the killing of a local militant in the city’s Rambagh area during a shootout.

Reports said that businesses and shops are closed in areas falling under the downtown jurisdiction even as the movement of traffic is thin. The shutdown is being observed against the killings of militants one of whom Mehran Yaseen hailed from Nawa Kadal area of the Srinaagr city.

On Wednesday, police claimed to have killed three militants in a brief shootout in Srinagar’s busy market. However, eyewitnesses said that the trio was killed in ‘cold blood’ and that they were not carrying any weapons.

The police identified the dead as The Resistance Front “commander” Mehran Yaseen Shalla from Jamalatta here, Manzoor Ahmad Mir and Arafat Ahmad Sheikh from Pulwama.

Meanwhile, voices have grown against the said shootout with many questioning its legitimacy. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti while quoting media reports said ‘firing was only from one side.’

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