Kashmir Valley Shuts Down Against Civilian Killings  

Geelani, Mirwaiz Under House Arrest, Malik Detained 

SRINAGAR — Kashmir Valley observed a shutdown against civilian killings even as authorities on Thursday placed senior separatist leaders under detention in the summer capital Srinagar.

Police took Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), into preventive custody here to stop him from taking out a protest march in the city.

Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq were placed under house arrest at their residences on the outskirts of Srinagar.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a grouping of separatists headed by Geelani, Mirwaiz Farooq and Malik, had called for the shutdown against continuing killings of civilians including the killing of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari in Kashmir.

Bukhari, editor of “Rising Kashmir” newspaper, was shot dead along with two security guards in Srinagar on June 14.

Shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained shut on Thursday at most places in Srinagar while attendance in banks, post offices and government offices was thin due to non-availability of public transport.

Private transport and some three-wheelers, however, plied in uptown areas of Srinagar.

Taxis and buses carrying tourists to Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg hill stations operated as usual. Train services were suspended in the Kashmir Valley as a precaution.

No incident of stone pelting was reported in the Valley.

The shutdown also derailed normal life in all other major cities and towns of the Valley. 

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