Srinagar: Normal life came to a standstill in Kashmir on Monday on a call for shutdown by separatists to protest the killing of five civilians in forces’ action near the gunfight site in Shopian district yesterday.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprisng Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, called for a complete strike to protest against the civilian killings during clashes with forces following an encounter in which five militants, including an assistant professor from the Kashmir University, were killed.
The separatists have called for a sit-in against the killings outside the Civil Secretariat, which opened today as part of the traditional ‘Darbar Move’ practice, here.
While Geelani and Mirwaiz have been placed under house arrest, Malik has been taken into preventive custody since Saturday.
Schools, colleges and other educational institutions have been closed as a precautionary measure to prevent any law and order situation, officials said.
The Kashmir University has cancelled all academic activity for two days and postponed the exams scheduled to be held today.