Kashmir shuts against killing of Hurriyat leader

Kashmir shuts against killing of Hurriyat leader

Srinagar, Nov 22: Normal life was on Thursday affected in the valley due to a strike called by separatists against the killing of a Hurriyat leader by unidentified gunmen in south Kashmir district of Anantnag on Tuesday.
A police official said that there were no restrictions in any part of the valley though security forces were deployed in sensitive areas to maintain law and order. However, historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar was closed as a precautionary measure by security forces on Thursday morning.
Hafeezullah Mir, who was district president of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at his residence in Achabal area of Anantnag on Tuesday.
Work in government offices and banks was affected, while all educational institutes remained closed, in view of the strike in Kashmir valley, where train service has again been suspended, for security reasons.
Majority of shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road in Civil Lines, downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and uptown Srinagar, though few private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, cabs and three wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in Srinagar.
Business and other activities remained crippled in main business hubs of the city, including the historic Lal Chowk, nerve centre of this summer capital; Budshah Chowk; Regal Chowk; Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS); Batmaloo; Moulana Azad Road; Residency Road and Dalgate.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, had called for a general strike on Thursday against the killing of Mir.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel were deployed to stop protests in major towns and tehsil headquarters of Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama in south Kashmir, where shops and other business were closed and traffic was off the roads in support of the strike.
Life also came to a halt in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal in view of the strike.
A report from Baramulla said life was crippled in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where shops were closed and traffic was off the road. Additional security forces have been deployed in the entire north Kashmir, to prevent any law and order problem.