Kashmir Valley observes complete shutdown in response to Hurriyat call

Last Updated: February 17, 2018 at 7:33 pm

SRINAGAR, FEB 17 (PTK): A shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Saturday against the killing of a Hurriyat (G) leader and deteriorating human rights situation in the Valley.

All shops and other commercial establishments were closed in commercial hub Lal Chowk in Srinagar while public transport was mostly off the roads.

Meanwhile, curbs were imposed by the authorities in downtown area of capital city Srinagar in wake of the shutdown call given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).

Contingents of paramilitary forces were deployed at all entry and exit points of downtown Srinagar, while lanes and by lanes were blocked by concertina wires to prevent people from taking out any protests.

However the Pedestrian movement was allowed only after thorough frisking in downtown Srinagar. In peripheries and uptown areas of Srinagar public transport was seen plying on the roads.

JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has called for shutdown against shifting of local detainees to outside jails, “murder” of a Hurriyat activist by unidentified gunmen and deteriorating rights situation in Kashmir. (PTK)