January 6th, 2012 14:25 EST
Kashmir Observes Complete Shutdown
Srinagar:A complete shut down was observed in Kashmir on Friday over the killing of astudent at Boniyar and recent power curtailment schedule. The strike call wasgiven by Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), an amalgam of various Traders and Transport Unions, and was widely endorsed by various separatist and businessgroups.
Major markets of the city remained closed, with shops and other business establishments in the city centre were completely shutted down in response to the bandh call. The roads in the volatile area including Downtown wore a deserted look while skeletal traffic was plying in the civil lines. The government offices witnessed a thin attendance and the strike call also affected the work in private business offices.
A heavy contingent of security forces, wearing riot gears were deployed across the Valley to thwartany street protests after Friday prayers in Srinagar and other towns in the Kashmir valley.
On Monday Altaf Ahmad Sood, a 12th student was killed when Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) men fired on villagers who were protesting outside NHPC power plant, Baramullatown in north Kashmir against frequent power cuts in the area.
KEA has demanded smooth electric supply and revised schedule for the Valley and warned if it would not happen then they would hold Valley wide protests.
People have shown strong resentment over the shortage of power supply as they face a harsh winter without electricity.
Meanwhile, Sopore observed a complete shut down against the 1993 Sopore "massacre` in which on January 6, over 50 people lost their lives when BSF men allegedly fired indiscriminately upon the unarmed civilians.
Earlier, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani had called for a complete shutdown against the `massacre` and to pay homage to the `martyrs`.
In his Friday sermon Chairman Hurriyat conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while commemorating the1993 Sopore massacre and expressed his solidarity with the people of Sopore and the bereaved families. Mirwaiz while condemning Boniyar incident said, "Whenever Kashmiris has raised voices over the birth right and basic amenities they were showered with bullets."
Executive Member of Hurriyat Conference (M) and Chairman Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Mukthar Waza, has paid glowing tributes to the Sopore martyrs.
Addressing agathering at S. K Colony Anchidora Islamabad Waza, said, "Kashmiri martyrs sacrificed their lives for a sacred cause and the sacrifices would not beallowed to go waste."
"So far, no actionhas been taken against the killers of the innocent people despite passing of eighteen years," Waza added.
The authorities have placed separatists leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai and Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest.
The leaders were scheduled to visit Sopore on Friday to pay tributes to Sopore martyrs.
Meanwhile, JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik was detained along with scores of supporters while taking out a procession from Maisuma to Ganta ghar, Lal Chowk. (AIP News)
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