Muslims in Bhaderwah are observing a complete shutdown today against the "criminal silence" of both Union and State Governments over Kashmir killings and rapidly brewing unrest in Chenab Valley.
Shops, other business establishments and some private schools of Muslim community remained closed, however government schools, offices and banks are functioning normally.
The shutdown call was given by Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhaderwah in protest against the union and state government, "for not initiating any talks and maintaining a criminal silence over the sufferings of Kashmiri people since last 41 days."
"People of Kashmir are going through the worst, but surprisingly a criminal silence is being maintained by both Union and State government, which is further aggravating the problem and unrest is fast spreading also in Chenab Valley and other parts of Jammu province ," said Anjuman-e-Islamia President Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh.
"We have given a call for peaceful bandh to lodge our protest , but for how long we will keep our emotions, especially those of youth in control, as both the governments instead of initiating the talks are trying to curb the unrest by killing and wounding innocent people. We are being pushed to the wall for which retaliation is bound to happen," he added saying that Government is testing "our patience and if any untoward thing happens in Chenab Valley, none but government will be responsible for that."