Kashmir Observes Shutdown 

SRINAGAR — Kashmir Valley on Saturday observed a shutdown on the call by Joint Resistance Leadership against the landing of Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir on October 27 in 1947.

Shops and other commercial establishments, schools and colleges remained closed across Kashmir Valley including commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar while attendance of employees in government offices was reported to be thin.

Public transport remained off the roads, however, skeletal private vehicles were seen plying some parts of Valley.

Strengthened deployments of paramilitary forces and police were made in several sensitive areas and according to a police officer, the day passed off peacefully. Railway authorities had also suspended train services across Kashmir as a precautionary measure in view of shutdown call by the JRL comprising both factions of Hurriyat  Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq besides JKLF headed by Mohammad Yasin Malik.

The JRL had urged people to observe October 27 as ‘black day’. “It was on this day in 1947 that Indian forces landed in Kashmir to take illegal and forcible control of us and our land. And since then lakhs of forces have been controlling forcibly and illegally our land,” the JRL had said, adding: “JRL appeals to Kashmir diaspora on both sides of ceasefire line to observe the day in solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren and in whatever country they are, educate people through posters, banners, placards about the Kashmir dispute and grave human rights abuses here.”  

Woman Among 30 Injured In Kulgam, Shopian

At least thirty people on Saturday were injured in protests during two separate cordon and search operations (CASOs) in the twin districts of Kulgam and Shopian in south Kashmir.

Reports said that army, police and CRPF this afternoon cordoned off DK Pora village in Shopian and started a search operation amid intelligence inputs over the presence of militants in the village. When the joint team started door to door searches, scores of men, women and came out of their houses and staged a protest against the operation.

Reports said that villagers hurled stones at the government forces to express their anger over the conduct of search operation. In retaliation, the government forces burst tear smoke shells and fired pellets.

In the clashes that continued for several hours, ten people were injured. Among them, one woman identified as Sundri Begum was hit by pellets in the left eye. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment, reports said.

Earlier, massive protests broke out in Ghat Khudwani area of Kulgam when government forces placed the village under siege and started a search operation. The locals resisted the forces and fought ding-dong battles with them, reports said.

In the clashes that continued till evening, at least twenty people were injured. Three among the injured were hit by pellets and one with a bullet. (GNS)

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