SRINAGAR: A shutdown was observed in Kashmir Valley to protest the killing of two unarmed youth Faisal Yousuf and Merajuddin Dar at Chattergam on Monday evening. The call for the shutdown was given by almost all the separatist groups.
Normal life was affected in Srinagar city as educational institutions and business houses remained closed.
The authorities had imposed curfew in areas of Srinagar falling under police stations of Khanyar, Nowhatta, Mahraj Gunj, Rainawari, Safakadal and Nowgam. Normal life was completely disrupted in curfew bound areas.
Eyewitnesses said that the police and CRPF men, armed with riot gear, were deployed in strength across Srinagar and other sensitive areas of major districts. Reports however said that most of the shops were opened in certain parts of uptown in Srinagar city while private transport plied smoothly.
Reports said that in most of the district headquarters shops were opened and private transport was plying.
In Kulgam, angry youth demanding stern punishment to the government forces involved in the killing of two local boys staged protests.
Reports said that youth pelted stones at the police and CRPF personnel. Sources said that at least three persons were injured during the clashes in Kulgam.
According to reports partial shutdown was observed in South Kashmirs Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian districts while in North Kashmir life in Handwara town was normal, however shutdown was observed in Sopore and Baramulla. In Ganderbal and Kangan, shops and other business centres remained open and transport was plying smoothly.
A police official said that situation remained peaceful all across Kashmir and no untoward incident was report from any part of the Valley.
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