Shutdown In Kashmir 

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SRINAGAR — Kashmir Valley on Saturday observed a complete shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the “increase in civilian killings, desecration of religious places, unnecessary and unjustified deployment of heavy contingents of forces around Jamia Masjid Srinagar, desecration of graveyards of martyrs, chopping off  fruit orchards at Sugam Shopian, killing of a civilian Bilal Ahmad Ganie and plight of prisoners in various jails including Tihar”.

Reports said that shops and business establishments across the Valley were closed along with schools and education institutes. 

Authorities also imposed restrictions in old city parts within the jurisdiction areas of five police stations of Nowhatta, Rainawari, M R Gunj, Safa Kadal and Khaniyar. 

Authorities also suspended train service from Bahihal to Baramulla and vice versa in wake of the strike called by the JRL.

The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had appealed people to register peaceful protest against the “barbaric and vile actions of brutality”.

The leadership condemned the “hypocritical” role played by the chief minister of the state who it said has remained “a mere spectator of the atrocities inflicted on the people of Kashmir”. It reminded her of past when she used to shed “crocodile tears” at the funeral of slain youth and meeting with families of martyrs.

Terming her past political postures as a farce, JRL said, “The so-called chief minister of the state exploited the grave and grim situation created by the SOG under the shade of her predecessor.

Today police force has been turned into SOG and a reign of terror has been unleashed in every nook and corner of the state. Civilians are being butchered, apple orchards destroyed, valuables looted, and honour and dignity of a common man has become vulnerable whereas graph of the human rights violations have crossed its limit.”  

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