Separatist shutdown, restrictions impact life in Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 19 (IANS) Separatist-called protest shutdown and restrictions in the aftermath of Udhampur truck attack victim’s death affected normal life across the Kashmir Valley on Monday.

Separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and others have called for a Valley-wide shutdown against the Udhampur truck attack in which a youth, Zahid Rasool Bhat, succumbed to serious burn injuries on Sunday.

Miscreants had attacked a Valley-bound parked truck on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Udhampur on October 9 with a petrol bomb.

Two people — Zahid Rasool Bhat and Showkat Ahmad Dar — had sustained serious burn injuries and were being treated in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital where Zahid succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

Authorities on Monday placed senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Javaid Mir, Muhammad Nayeen Khan and others under house arrest in Srinagar, except Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who is presently in Delhi.

“Preventive restrictions have been imposed in some parts of Srinagar city. These include areas falling under police stations of Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rai nawari, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal and Maisuma. Restrictions have also been imposed in Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Sopore and Baramulla towns,” a senior police officer told IANS in Srinagar.

All shops, educational institutions, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar city and most of the major cities and towns in the Kashmir Valley.

Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers in full riot gear were deployed in strength sensitive places in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the Valley.

All university and school board exams scheduled for Monday have been postponed.

The first convocation of Islamic University of Science and Technology has also been postponed.

Reports from Batangoo village, where the youth was buried on Sunday, said that restrictions have been imposed in the village.

The body was brought back from Delhi on Sunday evening.

The traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway remained suspended for the second day on Monday as youth pelting stones on passing vehicles continued to camp on the highway in Anantnag district.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here