A shutdown was observed today by the members of a particular community in Bhaderwah town and adjoining areas to protest against the killings of civilians in Kashmir valley.
The locals also expressed resentment against Bhaderwah police for what they said "its biased approach and following the orders of RSS".
Shops, other business establishments and some private schools remained closed, however, government schools, offices and banks were seen functioning normally. Traffic plied on the roads as usual.
The shutdown call was given by Anjuman-e-Isalamia Bhaderwah in support of Kashmiri people, "who are going through worst times for last 25 days". The locals lodged strong protest against the State government for "failing miserably to safeguard the human rights of a common man in Valley".
"We have given the call for peaceful bandh to show our resentment against Union and State governments for killing and wounding unarmed Kashmiri civilians, most of the times without any provocation. The common man in Kashmir is being held hostage for last 25 days which amounts to worst kind of human rights violation", said Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah President Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh. "We are living peacefully here and have maintained communal harmony in most trying times. But off late Bhaderwah police, particularly the local SHO, seems to be taking orders from RSS, which is very unfortunate and will have adverse effect in on situation in this sensitive town", he added while demanding that the SHO should be transferred immediately. Social workers and human rights activists are also up-in-arms against government machinery for "killings and wounding unarmed Kashmiri civilians, and failing miserably on human rights front". "How long you can mislead the people by shedding crocodile tears in public and at the same time pass orders to kill and fire pellets on innocent children and women," said a social worker and human rights activist Imtiaz-Ul-Rehman, addressing the authorities.