Jammu and Kashmir: Shutdown call by separatists over civilian killings affects life in valley

A Shutdown called by separatists over the civilian killings in Pulwama district has affected normal life adversely across the Valley in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday.

The shutdown was called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) separatist conglomerate headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

On Saturday, seven civilians were killed and over 35 others injured in intense clashes which broke out between the security forces and civilians near the encounter site in Pulwama district’s Sirnoo village.

All Shops, public transport, other businesses and educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar and the district headquarters of the Valley.

Train services between the Valley and the Jammu region have been suspended in view of the shutdown.

Mobile Internet services have been suspended in south Kashmir areas.

Security arrangements have been put in place as Centre Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police have been positioned in Srinagar city, along with other sensitive places in the Valley.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has ordered an inquiry into Saturday’s killings.

On Monday, the separatists have called a protest march to the Badami Bagh headquarters of the Army’s 15 Corps in Srinagar.