Separatist shutdown affects normal life in J&K

Life stops under heavy security cover

SRINAGAR:

Everyday life of commoners on Monday was badly affected by a separatist shut down across the Kashmir Valley.

Heavy security had been deployed at Srinagar and adjoining places, which are deemed vulnerable to terrorist attacks during such shutdowns.

The Valley-wide protest shutdown was alled by the Joint Resiatance Leadership (JRL), a separatist conglomerate headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against the so-called civilian killings in Kashmir.

The separatist leaders claimed that one civilian, Yawar Ahmad Dar was killed on Sunday in clashes with the security forces during an anti-militancy operation in Kulgam district while Shahid Hajam, who was injured in Srigufwara area of Anantnag last week succumbed in a hospital.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces were deployed in old city and uptown areas of Srinagar without imposing any restrictions. It was just to keep law and order situation under control during the shutdown by separatist gangs

Shops, public transport, other business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar city and other district headquarters of the Valley.

Rail services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have been suspended as a precautionary measure.

Internet services have also been suspended in south Kashmir areas.

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