August 2017 News

Kashmir Shuts To Mourn Pulwama Killings

2 August 2017
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Kashmir observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday to mourn Pulwama killings, even as authorities imposed strict restrictions in Downtown areas to thwart protests. All commercial establishments, schools, colleges and private institutions remained closed while transport was off the roads. The shutdown call was given by Kashmir's joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. Government had imposed strict restrictions in Rainawari, Mahraj Gunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar and Safa Kadal areas of Srinagar as a 'precautionary measure.' Two civilians Firdous Ahmed Khan and Akeel Ahmed Bhat had sustained serious bullet injuries on Tuesday during protests while top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Abu Dujana and his associate Arif Lelhari were killed in a gunfight with the government forces at Hadkipora Pulwama. Firdous succumbed on way to hospital on Tuesday while Akeel breathed his last at SKIMS, Soura on Wednesday morning. A witness said the funeral prayers in-absentia for slain civilians and militants were offered at Maisuma, Hyderpora and many other areas in Srinagar. Reports from Banihal said the town observed a complete shutdown to express solidarity with Kashmiris. Late evening clashes were reported from Sadarbazar area of Bijbehera town of Ananatnag district. A witness said that youth pelted government forces with stones. Another witness said clashes also broke out in main chowk, Arampora and tehsil road in Sopore area of Baramulla district after some youth appeared there and pelted stones at government forces. 'The forces fired teargas shells to disperse the protestors. Pitched battles continued till evening,' he witness said. Another witness said mild clashes also broke out in Tahab village of Pulwama, however, no one was injured. MOBILE INTERNET RESTORED PARTIALLY Authorities restored the mobile internet services partially in Kashmir on Wednesday afternoon. The services were suspended on Tuesday after Pulwama killings. NO CLASSWORK IN 6 SCHOOLS, COLLEGES TODAY Apprehending student protests, authorities have ordered suspension of classwork in many educational institutions-colleges and schools across Kashmir on Thursday. As per the orders issued by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone, class work will remain suspended in Amar Singh College, SP college, Gandhi College, Islamia College, SP Higher Secondary School (HSS) and MP HSS tomorrow. Similarly, class work will remain suspended in Government Degree College (GDC) Ganderbal and GDC Kangan while as other schools will function as per routine. The district administration Budgam has decided to close all the educational institutions in towns of the district. 'Schools and colleges will remain closed in Budgam towns while as schools in rural areas of the district will remain functional,' DC Budgam said. Meanwhile district administration Baramulla has ordered for closure of all colleges and schools in district excluding Uri sub division 'as precautionary measure.' In Bandipora all the Higher Secondary Schools, High Schools, GDC Sumbal and GDC Bandipora will remain closed in view of law and order problem. The district administration Kupwwara has also ordered for suspension of classwork in Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools (HSS). 'Rest of the schools-High, Middle and Primary schools will remain functional. Teaching staff of colleges and HSS will remain available in their respective educational institutions,' Deputy Commissioner Kupwwara said. Also, as per the orders issued by DC Anantnag, the classwork will remain suspended in all colleges and HSS of the district on Thursday. Meanwhile, all the colleges and schools will remain closed in Shopian district as well. District administration Pulwama have ordered for closure of educational institutions in areas falling under jurisdiction of Pulwama, Kakpora and Rajpora Tehsils. In Kulgam class work in colleges and higher secondary schools of the district would remain suspended. CASO IN SHOPIAN VILLAGE The government forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Sugan village of Shopian district on Wednesday evening after inputs about militant presence in the area. A witness said, 'As soon as the forces cordoned the village youth took to streets and resorted to stone pelting.' 'Police and paramilitary forces broke window panes of many residential houses during the operation,' residents of Sugan alleged. Talking to Greater Kashmir SSP Shopian AS Dinkar said no contact was established with the militants and the searches were called off later.