November 2018 News

Kashmir Shuts Against Civilian, Militant Killings

26 November 2018
Rising Kashmir
Javid Ahmad

Srinagar: The normal life in Kashmir was disrupted on Monday due to strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the civilian and militant killings in the Valley. The contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF men were deployed in strength in downtown areas of Srinagar and parts of south Kashmir to prevent people from staging protests. A police official said the forces were deployed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of shutdown called by the separatists. The shops, business establishments and educational institutions in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley remained closed while public transport was off the roads. However, private vehicles were plying on the deserted roads. Due to the shutdown, the work in government offices and banks was affected. The train service between Banihal and Baramulla was suspended by authorities due to apprehension of protests in south Kashmir. The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for complete shutdown today to protest the killing of 18 people in three days and injuring hundreds by the indiscriminate use of bullets, pellets and other oppressive measures by forces. The strike was called by JRL after killing of six militants in a gun battle at Batagund village in south Kashmir's Shopian district on Sunday. A boy was also killed and over four dozen including a 20-month-old girl injured in forces action on protestors near the encounter site in Shopian yesterday.

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