Rajouri, Poonch and other adjoining areas observed a shutdown on Saturday against the civilian killings in Kashmir and to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir, where 70 people have been killed in forces action during the past 50-days.
The bandh call was given by Moulvis yesterday during Friday prayers. In Rajouri town all the business establishments of a particular community remained closes and public transport remained off the roads.
Many private schools had announced holiday in view of the shutdown call while attendance of employees in government offices remained thin.
Talking to Greater Kashmir Moulana Farooq Ahmed people from every walk of life supported the bandh call. "We demand that government should undertake all the steps to restore peace and normalcy in Kashmir and civilian killings should stop" Moulvi Farooq said.
Meanwhile, peaceful bandh was also observed in Thanamandi town and Shahdra Sharief areas where people kept their business establishments closed.
Similarly business establishments remained closed in Darhal town where people demanded end to civilian killings in Kashmir terming them as inhumane.
In Kotranka, most of the shops of a particular community remained closed and a peaceful protest was registered.
In Budhal too, business establishments remained closed against the civilian killings in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, in Manjakote, bandh was observed by keeping business establishments closed whereas a protest rally was also taken out by locals.
Poonch town also observed a peaceful bandh with business establishments of majority community remaining closed throughout the day and traffic remaining off the roads.
Although no rally or protest was staged but locals registered a peaceful protest over Kashmir situation and demanded end to civilian killings.
In Surankote, members of the majority community kept the their business establishments closed and traffic remained off the roads.
Mandi town in Poonch also observed a shutdown. Business establishments remained closed and peaceful protests were staged to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir. Saujiyan market of Poonch Mandi located near LoC also remained closed.
No untoward incident has been reported from any parts of twin districts during the bandh.