Shutdown affects life across Kashmir

Kashmir observed a shutdown on Tuesday against the alleged ill-treatment meted out to the incarcerated Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yaseen Malik

Shops and business establishments and the majority of educational institutions remained closed. The public transport was mostly off the roads in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though private vehicles, cabs and three-wheelers could be seen plying on some routes.

Reports of shutdown were also received from other districts of the Valley. However, inter-district transport wasn’t affected much. The authorities had deployed additional security forces besides suspending train services between Banihal and Baramulla for security reasons.

The shutdown call was given by separatists against the alleged ill-treatment of Malik, the “ongoing crackdown” against Kashmiri separatist leaders, activists, senior businessmen, trade union leaders, kith and kin of separatists and other people from different walks of life.

The shutdown was, according to separatist leaders, also observed to protest the national highway closure for two days of the week and the suspension of cross-LoC trade.