June 2018 News

Kashmir Shutdown: MLA, Separatist Leaders Detained, Heavy Deployment Of Forces

25 June 2018
India Today

New Delhi: Life across the Kashmir Valley came to a halt on Monday following a separatist-sponsored shutdown. Authorities detained senior separatist leaders to prevent their participation in protests. Shops, public transport, other business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and parts of the Valley. The shutdown also affected rail services with services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns suspended as a precaution. Internet services were also suspended in areas of south Kashmir. Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed. The Joint Residence Leadership (JRL) issued the call for protest. Headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, the group issued the call against the murder of noted journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Kashmir. Yasin Malik was taken into preventive custody while Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq were placed under house arrest. Independent MLA Engineer Rashid was also taken into preventive custody after he started a protest march from Magarmal Bagh area of Srinagar towards the civil secretariat. Nearly a dozen of Rashid's supporters were also detained. Meanwhile, a youth sustained a gunshot injury in his thigh on the outskirts of Sopore town during clashes between the security forces and civilian protesters. The youth was shifted to a local hospital from where he was referred to Srinagar. A civilian, Yawar Ahmad Dar, was killed on Sunday in clashes with security forces during an anti-militancy operation in Kulgam district while Shahid Hajam, who was injured in Srigufwara area of Anantnag last week, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.