Valley shuts against Asiya’s NIA custody
The life across Kashmir Valley was affected Saturday as a complete shutdown, sponsored by Joint Resistance Leadership, was observed to protest the shifting of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson AsiyaAndrabi from Srinagar jail to New Delhi where the National Investigation Agency is interrogating her regarding her alleged role in " terror funding" case.
The killing of three youth including a girl in Kulgam has worsened the already tense situation a day before HizbulMujahideen's slain militant commanderBurhanWani's second death anniversary. The authorities have decided to continue tough security restrictions in parts of Kashmir on Sunday also. An official said besides the security curbs in other districts the traffic and pedestrian movement would be restricted in the areas falling under seven police stations in old Srinagar city. He, however, said the admit card for appearing in NET and other exams would be deemed as curfew pass. Meanwhile internet and interior train services have been suspended to foil the public gatherings on Burhan's death anniversary.
Andrabi and two of her associates- FahmeedaSofi and NahidaNasreen were shifted from the Srinagar Central Jail in connection with an FIR filed against them by the central agency. The Patiala House Court in Delhi has remanded the three to NIA's custody for 10 days till July 16.
Joint Resistance Leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, MirwaizUmer Farooq were also placed under house arrest while Malik has been taken into preventive custody.
Life was adversely affected in Kashmir while shops and other business establishments remained closed in Srinagar city and other district headquarters of the valley while as roads witnessed very thin traffic movement.
The northern railway authorities had also suspended train services as a precautionary measure.
Complete shutdown was observed in Baramulla, Bandipora, Budgam and Ganderbal district with moderate movement of private vehicles while as public transport was almost off the roads. Situation remained peaceful in central and south Kashmir districts. Life was also affected in Kupwara district.
A complete shutdown was observed in south Kashmir districts as well. Situation in Kulgam and adjoining Anantnag grew tenser following the killing of three youth including a girl when the soldiers fired at a protesting mob near Redwani.
There were reports of thin attendance of students in educational institutions at some places as well.
The Term 1st class 8th exam of social science paper which was scheduled on Saturday had already been postponed by Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) following the shutdown call by JRL.
Authorities at the University of Kashmir, however, conducted exams as per schedule but the varsity officials later said a separate exam will be held for students who missed their exams on Saturday due to curfew imposed in Tral area of south Kashmir's Pulwama district.
"A separate test will be held for these and date for the tests would be notified separately later," a varsity official said.
Pertinently, authorities on Saturday imposed announced curfew in Tral town of Pulwama District on the eve of second death anniversary of HizbulMujahideen commander BurhanWani. Wani was killed along with two other militants in Kokernag area of Anantnag district on July 8 of 2016. JRL has already called for a Valley-wide strike on Sunday and the authorities have toughened the security restriction across Kashmir especially Burhan's hometown Tral where the people were expected to gather on the eve of the anniversary.
MOBILE INTERNET SNAPPED
Mobile Internet service was suspended in parts of Kashmir valley on Saturday following the killing of three civilians in forces' firing in southern Kulgam district.
The service was snapped in south Kashmir districts of Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and Anantnag soon after the civilian killings in Hawoora village.
Three civilians, Shakir Ahmad (22), Irshad Majid (20) and Andleeb Jan (16), were killed after forces opened fire on protesters in Hawoora village during clashes.
However, the service was suspended in central Kashmir districts of Srinagar and Budgam around 5 pm, in order to foil protests marches on the eve of second death anniversary of militant commander BurhanWani on Sunday.
The district administration Srinagar has decided to impose restrictions in some parts of Srinagar on Sunday in view of Shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) tomorrow.
An official in district administration said restrictions will be imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations which include Maisuma, KralKhud, Khanyar, Nowahatta, SafaKadal, MaharajGunj and Rainawari.
The official said the roll number slips of candidates appearing in NET and other exams on Sunday will be treated as curfew passes.
Pertinently, JRL has called for complete shutdown across Valley on Sunday in view of the second anniversary of top Hizb commander BurhanMuzaffarWani who was killed in an encounter along with his two associates in Kokernag area of South Kashmir on July 08, 2016.
Meanwhile, northern railway authorities have decided to suspend train service as a precautionary measure in view of the shutdown called by JRL.