Muslims in Bhaderwah town and adjoining areas are observing a shutdown today to protest against the Kashmir killings and also to show resentment against Bhaderwah police for its "biased approach" and allegedly, for taking orders from the RSS.
Shops, other business establishments and some private schools of the community remained closed, however government schools, offices and banks are functioning normally and traffic was plying on the roads as usual.
The shutdown call was given by Anjuman-e-Isalamia Bhaderwah in support of Kashmiri people and also to lodge its strong protest against state government for "miserably failing to safeguard the human rights of a common man in valley."
"We have given a 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 as hostage since last 25 days, this is the worst kind of human rights violation, we have ever seen," said Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah President Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh.
"We are living peacefuly here at Bhaderwah and have maintained communal harmony in most trying times. But off late Bhaderwah police, particularly SHO, seems to be taking orders from RSS, which is very unfortunate and will have an adverse effect in this sensitive town, " added Anjuman-e-Isalamia president, while demanding the transfer of an SHO.
Some social workers and human rights activists are also up-in-arms against government machinery for killing and wounding unarmed Kashmiri civilians, and failing on human rights front.
"As far as human rights are concerned, this is the worst, we have ever witnessed in last 25 years. 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.
"Is this the same woman, who use to beat her chest, whenever a civilian or even a militant was killed, and now she backs security forces for killing and wounding innocent Kashmiris. This pathetic attitude of the head of a state is unfortunate and uncalled for," Imtiaz asked the chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.