Valley Shuts Down against Sumbal Killings

SRINAGAR: Life across Kashmir was affected on Monday due to the strike call given by separatist groups to protest against the killing of two youths in killed on Sunday in army firing at Markundal of Bandipora district.

Separatist groups including both the factions of Hurriyat and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front ( JKLF) had called for a complete shutdown to protest against the killings.

Shops, business establishments, educational institutions, banks and private offices remained closed. However, private transport was seen plying in different parts of Srinagar city.

Old City observed a complete shutdown. Roads wore a deserted look in most parts of the city. Stray incidents of stone-pelting were reported from Nawab Bazar area of Old City. The overall situation, however, remained peaceful across the city.

Reports of shutdown came in from other parts of the Valley including Pulawama, Islamabad, Shopian, Tral, Pampore, Awantipora, Ganderbal, Budgam, Chadoora, Bandipora, Kupwara, Sopore, Pattan, Beerwa, Baramulla, Kangan and Tangmarag.

Police imposed undeclared curfew in many parts of Bandipora district after clashes erupted at Hajin and Sumbal area of the district.

“By and large, the situation remained peaceful. Few stray incidents of stone-pelting occurred at different places, however, situation was brought under control by police and paramilitary troopers,” a police official said.

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