May 2019 News

Valley Shuts On JRL Call, Situation In Pattan Peaceful

17 May 2019
Kashmir Reader
Arif Rashid

Srinagar: Markets, business establishments and public transport closed down across Kashmir valley on Friday on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik. The trio had called for the shutdown to protest against civilian killings in the holy month of Ramadan. The government had already ordered closure of all schools and colleges in Srinagar on Friday in view of threats to law and order. The Kashmir University had postponed entrance tests that were scheduled to be held on Friday. Class work in Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora in south Kashmir remained suspended as a precautionary measure. Restrictions on public assembly and civilian movement were imposed in some parts of the downtown and Friday prayers were not allowed at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta. Increased deployment of security forces was made at many other places of Srinagar city to maintain law and order. Reports of a shutdown were received from other district headquarters of the valley. In south Kashmir districts, Pulwama and Shopian observed a complete shutdown a day after five militants, two civilians and two army men were killed in separate gunfights in the two districts. In north Kashmir districts, all shops and other business centres including tuition centres remained closed while public transport did not ply in Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Rafiabad, Handwara, Kupwara, Bandipora and Hajin areas. Some higher secondary schools and colleges were closed by the authorities in north Kashmir districts to avoid violence caused by protests against the minor girl's rape in Sumbal Bandipora. Local sources said that hundreds of people from Pattan and nearby areas on Friday visited the home of Arshid Ahmad Dar in Chanabal village in Pattan to offer condolences. Arshid had sustained pellet injuries in the head during anti-rape protests on Monday and had succumbed to his injuries in a Srinagar hospital on Wednesday evening. The authorities had deployed teams of police and paramilitary CRPF in Pattan, Hanjivera, Mirgund and other areas to avoid more protests and to ensure movement of traffic on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway, which had frequently been blocked by anti-rape protestors in recent days. A senior police officer said that people in Pattan and nearby areas cooperated with the police and the day passed off peacefully. Train services in entire Kashmir valley were suspended on Friday for security reasons.