Srinagar, Jun 21: A complete shutdown was Thursday observed across the Valley against the killing of a senior journalist and ‘Daily Rising Kashmir’ editor-in-Chief, Shujaat Bukhari and civilians in the Valley.
The shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against the killing of Shujaat Bukhari and civilians.
Bukhari was killed along with two of his security guards in Press Enclave in Srinagar on June 14.
All the shops, business establishments and most of the educations institutes remained closed throughout the day while the traffic was also thin on the roads.
The call for a shutdown given on Tuesday was deferred by a day in view of the Mela Kheer Bhawani. JRL appealed people to observe complete shutdown on Thursday instead of Wednesday against the killings.
The forces were deployed in large number in the sensitive areas of Srinagar to thwart any possible protests against the journalists killing and civilian killings.
However, the situation across the Valley remained peaceful throughout the day, an official said.
Meanwhile, amid complete shutdown against the veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari and civilian killings in Kashmir, the authorities detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik and put Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention on Wednesday night.
It is worth to mention here that the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under house detention.
Malik was detained Thursday to prevent him from leading any protests against the civilian killings, said a JKLF spokesman.
He said that a police party arrived at the Maisuma residence of Malik and detained him.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) leader said that a police party arrived at Mirwaiz’s Nigeen residence on late Wednesday night and placed him under house detention at his Nigeen residence.
He said that the Hurriyat (M) senior leader, Hilal Ahmad War was also placed under house detention.
Meanwhile, train service was again suspended on Thursday for security reasons in the Kashmir valley.
We have suspended all train runs in the valley following a fresh directive from police, a senior railway official said.
This is the sixth time, first in Governor rule, train service has been suspended in the valley this month.
He said therefore no train will chug on Srinagar-Budgam and Baramulla, in north Kashmir track today. Similarly no train will run on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region, he said. Train service on this track was resumed only yesterday after remaining suspended for two days as a precautionary measure following stone pelting incidents on June 17 in Anantnag and other places. However, train service was running normally in north Kashmir.
We are acting only on the advice of police, he said adding security and safety of passengers besides railway officials was more important.
Train service has become very popular in the valley as it is being considered safe, fast and cheap against other mode of transport available. Majority people, travelling to Jammu or returning from winter capital, are preferring to travel in Srinagar-Banihal train.