Kashmir shuts against civilian killings

Kashmir shuts against civilian killings
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Srinagar, Jun 25: Life came to a grinding halt on Monday in Kashmir due to a strike called by the separatists against civilian killings, Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) and fresh arrest of youths in the valley.
Meanwhile, the historic Jamia Masjid in the downtown Srinagar was closed to prevent any protests, though there were no restrictions in any part of the city. But, additional security forces were seen patrolling the streets in Srinagar.
Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in downtown, though few private vehicles were plying on some routes. However, separatists strike evoked partial response in uptown, where some shops were open and good a number of private vehicles were plying.
Business and other activities were crippled in main business hubs of the city, including the historic Lal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, Moulana Azad Road, Residency Road and Dalgate.
Work in government offices and banks was affected in Kashmir, where schools were deserted as students preferred to stay indoors, in view of the strike call given by the separatists. Meanwhile, train service was again suspended on Monday for security reasons in the valley.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik have called for a general strike on Monday against the civilian killings and Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) and fresh arrest of youths in the valley.
A report from Baramulla said life was crippled in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where additional security forces have been deployed to prevent protests. A large number of security forces have been deployed on all bridges, connecting the downtown with civil lines in Baramulla and Sopore towns.
Life was also affected in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir, where business and other activities were completely paralysed, including at Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian. Security has also been beefed up along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway to prevent any protests.