(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE HINDUSTAN TIMES OF INDIA)
Shutdown in Kashmir to protest against civilian killings, heavy contingents of forces
The Joint Resistance Leadership of separatists said that in the name of crackdown, security forces are “creating a 90s-like situation” and common people are being harassed without any reason.
INDIA Updated: Jun 26, 2018 00:01 IST
A shutdown was observed in Kashmir on the call of separatist leadership to protest civilian killings and excesses by security forces during Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) launched in different parts of the Valley in the last one week since ceasefire was revoked.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of separatists said that in the name of crackdown, security forces are “creating a 90s-like situation” and common people are being harassed without any reason.
Since ceasefire was revoked, the CASOs were being launched on a daily basis, especially in south Kashmir, and security had been beefed up in Srinagar city.
At least four civilians were killed in different parts of south Kashmir during clashes with forces near encounter sites where eight militants have been killed.
“We can’t be spectators to the brutal killings of unarmed protesters,’’ the JRL leadership said in a statement.
They also highlighted the injuries caused allegedly by use of pellets and bullets by security forces to disperse protesters.
Although shops and business establishments remained closed in the Valley, normal transport was plying on the roads.
To prevent untoward incidents, additional forces were deployed at sensitive spots in Srinagar.
Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman (JKLF) Yasin Malik was detained at Kothibagh police station on Monday, on apprehension that they will try to take out protest demonstrations in the city.
Meanwhile, defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman and army chief Bipin Rawat visited the base camp of Amarnath Yatra at Baltal in Sonmarg Ganderbal district. Sitharaman reviewed security along the yatra route and directed officials to maintain high level security during the yatra which will start later this week.