A peaceful shutdown was observed here today on the call by Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, to commemorate and protest the civilian killings of 1990 at Seri Bazaar Bhadarwah.
Three civilians were killed and dozens others injured on this day in 1990 in the indiscriminate firing allegedly by paramilitary forces and some religious fanatics.
The incident reportedly marked the beginning of armed militant struggle in Chenab Valley as according to reports dozens of youth crossed to other side of LoC and took guns to join armed struggle.
"Today's shutdown is being observed to remember the martyrs of 1990. This is the darkest day in the history of Bhadarwah as on this day in 1990, peaceful protesters were fired upon by security forces and some religious fanatics killing several innocent people at Seri Bazaar Bhadarwah," said Pervez Ahmed Sheikh, President Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah.
"We can never forget those innocent people who were killed on this day which prompted scores of youth of Chenab Valley to take guns," Sheikh said, adding that today's shutdown was also aimed to show solidarity with the Rohingya Muslim refugees, who "are being harassed and intimidated by RSS backed communal forces of Jammu."
"This shutdown is also against the recent civilian killings in Kashmir valley," he said.
Normal life remain paralysed in Bhadarwah town as all the shops and other business establishments of majority community remained closed for the day. However the public transport plied normally.
As a precautionary measure, security deployment was made in Bhadarwah town and it's peripheral areas.
Till the last reports were received, the shutdown remained peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.