March 2018 News

Shopian Killings: Baring South Kashmir, Life Returns To Normal In Valley

6 March 2018
Brighter Kashmir

Srinagar: Barring parts of south Kashmir, life returned to normal on Tuesday in the valley after remaining crippled due to restrictions imposed by authorities and strike called by separatists against Shopian incident on Monday. However, all educational institutions remained closed as a precautionary measure for the second day on Tuesday in Kashmir valley, where all examinations have also been postponed till Wednesday, when separatists have called for a general strike and 'Shopian Challo'. Restrictions imposed on Monday morning as a precautionary measure under Section 144 CrPC in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in old city and civil lines have been lifted. Shops and business establishments reopened in Srinagar and traffic was plying on all routes normally since this morning, including the areas where security forces removed road blocks, which were placed on Monday to impose restrictions. Work in government offices and banks and other public sector undertakings was normal. Meanwhile, the main gates of historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, which were closed on Monday, are open for devotees. However, security forces were re-deployed in strength in some downtown areas, including in Nawakadal and Nowhatta, after clashes erupted between forces and youth, protesting against Shopian killings. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for a general strike on Monday against the Shopian incident where two Lashkher-e-Toiba (LeT) militants and four others were killed on Sunday evening. The separatist said there will be no strike Tuesday in the valley. However, the JRL had called for a general strike on Wednesday against the shifting of Kashmiri detenues to outside jail. It has now urged people to join 'Shopian Challo' against the killings. Police has started investigation after conflicting claims about the four persons killed in the incident. Reports of normalcy were received from Baramulla and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters with business and other establishments functioning normally and traffic plying on all routes. Life also returned to normal in central Kashmir district of Budgam and Ganderbal, where business and other activities resumed after remaining closed on Monday due to strike called by separatists. Normal activities also resumed in south Kashmir district of Anantnag and Kulgam. However, life remained affected in many areas of Shopian and Pulwama districts, where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads for the second successive day on Tuesday.