Kashmir shuts against attacks on students outside JK

A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Tuesday against the “growing attacks” on Kashmiri youth studying outside the State and also against the alleged desecration of a graveyard in South Kashmir.
Kashmir shuts against attacks on students outside JK
Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir on Tuesday against the "growing attacks" on Kashmiri youth studying outside the State and also against the alleged desecration of a graveyard in South Kashmir.

All commercial establishments, private institutions, schools and colleges remained closed while traffic was off the roads.  Srinagar's commercial hub LalChowk wore a deserted look while thin traffic plied on city roads. Thin attendance was reported in government offices as well.

Reports from various district headquarters including Baramulla, Ananatnag, PulwamaShopian, Ganderbal, Budgam, Kupwara and Bandipora said complete shutdown was observed there.

The strike call was given by JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, followed by Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. All three top separatist organizations Tuesday thanked people for responding to the strike call. 

Pertinently, Dukhataran-e-Millat and Kashmir Bar Association had also supported the shutdown call. 

In a statement, Malik said the response to the strike call is a "message to elements who subject Kashmiri youth studying in various Indian states to harassment, that Kashmiris can't be made soft targets for no fault of theirs."

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani while thanking people for observing complete shutdown, said by protesting against harassment of students studying in various colleges in India, people of Kashmir have sent a clear message that such attacks won't be tolerated. 

"Government of India would entirely be responsible if anything happens to Kashmiri students," Geelani said. 

He said his Hurriyat will soon chalk out a joint strategy to ensure all students studying in Indian states are protected. 

Geelani castigated the Indian media for blowing NIT issue out of proportion. 

Meanwhile, all separatist leaders were confined to their houses or lodged in various jails. While Hurriyat (G) chairman Geelani continues to remain under house arrest, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest on Monday evening. 

JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik has been lodged in police station Kothibagh along with many Front leaders that include Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Bashir Kashmiri, Hurriyat (JK) leader Shabir Ahmed Dar and others. 

Hurriyat (G) leaders including Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar and others have also been placed under house detention.  Hurriyat (M) leader Javaid Ahmed Mir too has been placed under house arrest. Senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmed Shah continues to be in police station Rajbagh while National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmed Khan is also under house arrest for the past one week.

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