Shutdown in Kashmir against killing of scholar-turned-militant, aide

Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 25 2018

Life in Srinagar and other places of the valley was paralysed on Thursday by a separatist-called shutdown protesting miliatnt killing.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik called for the valley-wide shutdown against the killings of two Kashmiri militants, including a research scholar, in a gunfight.

Sabzar Sofi, a Ph.D scholar who joined militancy in 2016 and his associate were killed in a gunfight in Nowgam on Wednesday.

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained shut in the city and other district headquarters of the valley and only private transport was seen in the uptown areas here.

Rail services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Banihal town of Jammu region was also suspended.

Heavy deployments of forces were made in the old city areas and other sensitive places in the valley.

Geelani and Mirwaiz remained under house arrest for the third day while Malik continued in preventive custody to prevent their participation in the protests. ( IANS )