Shutdown paralyses life in Srinagar

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 18, 2018

Normal life was affected elsewhere in the city as most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations remained shut, while public transport was off the roads, the official said. However, two-wheelers and private vehicles were plying.

The strike is being held following shifting of Kashmiri detainees from Srinagar Central Jail to Jammu, staying of an FIR against the Indian troops involved in recent killing of civilians in Shopian by the Supreme Court of India and the brutal killing of a Hurriyat leader, Muhammad Yousuf Nadeem.

Restrictions have been imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, he said.

The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, who is now undergoing treatment at SKIMS, had called for shutdown against Supreme Court's stay on of FIR against army for killing three civilians in Shopian, killing of Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yousuf Rather by unknown gunmen in central Kashmir's Budgam district on February 12 and shifting of prisoners to outside jails.

The police and CRPF men had placed concertina wires on the roads to restrict the movement of the people and foil protests.

Three civilians- Suhail Javid of Ganovpora, Javid Ahmad Bhat of Balpora and Rayees Ahmad Ganie from Narapora rea of Shopian were killed on January 27 after army men fired at protesters in Ganowpora village of Shopian district.

Father of Major Kumar, the officer named in the FIR, had approached the Supreme Court seeking the FIR be quashed.

Train services between Banihal town and Baramulla in the Valley were also suspended for the day.

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