Fresh killings: Evening markets in city-centre shut in protest

As people assembled outside shops in city centre on Saturday evening during relaxation in shutdown, announcements in local masjids were made to close down the shops as a mark of protest against fresh killings in Kashmir.
Fresh killings: Evening markets in city-centre shut in protest
Photo: Habib Naqash/GK

As people assembled outside shops in city centre on Saturday evening during relaxation in shutdown, announcements in local masjids were made to close down the shops as a mark of protest against fresh killings in Kashmir.   

Ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, people were waiting outside shops in city centre when the relaxation period announced by joint resistance camp came into effect.

First the announcement was made in local masjids of Maharaj Bazar on loud speakers that markets would not open at 6 pm, as a mark of protest against fresh killings. 

"Our two youth have been killed in south Kashmir. So we request all the traders not to open their business establishments. Markets will remain closed as a mark of protest against fresh killings," the announcement was made at Maharaj Bazar.

 However, shoppers in large numbers were waiting at Regal Chowk, Lal Chowk and other adjacent areas in city centre for businesses to open.  The shopkeepers were also waiting outside their respective shops for the clock to strike 6. Following the announcements, markets were closed and customers left for their respective areas. 

Shopkeepers followed suit at Dalgate, Batamaloo, Lal Chowk, Jahangir Chowk and in other city markets. 

 The movement of private transport also petered out on city roads immediately. 

Pertinently, a youth was killed in Shopian as forces used pellets to disperse protestors while another was killed after being hit by the teargas shell in Anantnag (Islamabad)

No restrictions were placed in civil lines. However, a contingent of forces was deployed at various places while some areas in Shaher-e-Khaas remained under curfew.

During the day, considerable movement of private transport was witnessed at Pantha Chowk, Batwara, Shivpora, Sonwar, Dalgate, Regal Chowk, Lal Chowk, MA Road, Rajbagh, Iqbal Park, Jawahar Nagar, Karan Nagar and other adjacent areas.

Offices, shops, business establishments, petrol pumps remained closed and public transport also remained off the roads. 

 Some street vendors were also on roads at Dalgate, TRC, Polo View and Hari Singh High Street, Jahangir Chowk selling veggies, fruits, cloths and footwear. 

 "Good number of customers are purchasing products from us. It is because of upcoming Eid-ul-Azha that we are witnessing good business," said Shakeel Ahmad, a street vendor at Polo View.

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