Srinagar: Amid restrictions, a shutdown was observed in Kashmir on Monday to protest the ill-treatment of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in various jails and other “human rights abuses”.
According to news agency GNS, shops, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed in Srinagar markets today. The public transport was also off the roads but private vehicles and auto rickshaws were plying normally. Contingents of police and CRPF were deployed at sensitive locations to maintain law and order in civil line areas.
The Joint Resistance Leadership had on Sunday said: “The atrocities committed by forces across North and South Kashmir are crossing its limits. The condition of thousands of innocents languishing in jails and police stations is also worsening day by day. Kashmiris are always protesting against these human rights violations and strike call for Monday, 27 November 2017 is also intended for highlighting these oppressive measures.”
Fearing trouble, authorities in five police station areas of Srinagar’s Old City imposed restrictions. The restrictions remained in force in MR Gunj, Khanyar, Rainwari, Safa Kadal and Nowhatta. All the roads leading to downtown areas were sealed while residents of curbs-bound areas were confined to their houses by forces. According to witnesses, the roads and streets in restrictions-bound areas wore a deserted look.
Police this evening meanwhile said that unidentified persons attacked CRPF with a petrol bomb at Safa Kadal in which one paramilitary man sustained minor injury. The shutdown was also observed in other parts of Kashmir on the call of resistance leadership’s call. (GNS)