Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Jammu and Kashmir: Restrictions imposed to prevent separatist march to Shopian

Mehbooba Mufti Jammu and Kashmir: Restrictions imposed to prevent separatist march to Shopian
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 05:27

The JRL has also called for a protest march to Shopian.

Normal life was affected in Kashmir on Wednesday due to the strike called by separatists against the recent killing of civilians and shifting of political prisoners from the Valley to outside jails.

Protests and clashes were reported from several places in south Kashmir including Memander, DPL, and from near the mini-secretariat in Shopian, as well as the Nowgam bypass, Mochow, Mehjoor Nagar, Sopore, and Papchan Bandipora. "People are being directed to remain indoors", they alleged and said all roads leading to main town have been closed with barbed wire.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik had called for a march to south Kashmir's Shopian to offer condolences to families of four youth killed in army firing at Pahnoo village in the district on Sunday night.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in Shopian while transport remained off the roads, a police official said. Additional security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and lathis in their hands, were seen patrolling the streets in restriction-free areas in Srinagar to prevent any untoward incident.

Reports of shutdown were also received from other district headquarters of Valley. All examinations scheduled for Wednesday had to be postponed.Train services have also been suspended.

PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir on Tuesday again described four slain youth as "civilians."Question arises that even after repeated instructions from the government to follow the SOP, the security forces still fail to adhere to the norms". Police has registered a case and started investigation in the incident.

Mirwaiz also strongly criticised the state government for shifting prisoners including Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo and Dr Muhammad Shafi Shariati besides dozens of others from Central Jail Srinagar to various prisons in Jammu stating that the ruling dispensation has no respect for the ruling of its own High Court and that the move to shift prisoners is purely a revenge upon them. This followed after the dramatic escape of top Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, Naveed Jhatt from captivity at SMHS hospital in Srinagar on January 6.