Shutdown affects normal life

Normal life in Kashmir was affected on Thursday due to a shutdown call given by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani to protest the killing of a civilian in Pulwama district two days ago.

Geelani termed the killing as the “worst example of the state-backed terrorism which won’t be tolerated”.

Parvez Ahmad Guroo, 25, died during a confrontation with security forces who fired on the crowd to break up demonstrations in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday. Protesters were agitating against the killing of a militant in Naina Batpora village on Tuesday night.

Residents said markets and business establishments remained closed while attendance in government offices was thin. However, traffic on the national highway plied normally.

“If Indian forces are committing genocide of Kashmiri youth, the state police is not allowing us to mourn the deaths of our loved ones and are showering bullets on the mourners,” Geelani said, adding militants were “happily and consciously adopting this path of bravery”.

Hurriyat Conference had called for a shutdown in Central Kashmir as well to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Gawkadal massacre, in which 52 civilians were killed in an alleged firing by security forces on a procession in 1990. Shops and establishments remained shuttered in Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas of Gawkadal and Maisuma. 

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