Separatist-backed strike hits normal life in Kashmir

Aasif Suhaf, New Delhi, Dec 10: In Jammu & Kashmir, the normal life has been affected across Kashmir today due to shutdown called by “Joint Resistance Leadership-JRL” on the occasion of World Human Rights Day.

The “JRL”,  a conglomerate of separatist political parties, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement on Saturday asked the people of Kashmir to observe complete protest strike on December 10 to highlight the “gruesome human rights situation” and also to register their regret at the apathy of international community and rights organisations towards the plight of people of Kashmir.

“The JRL urges the world peace organizations, international community, Amnesty International Asia Watch, UNHRC and ICRC to take note of the Kashmir situation and put pressure on New Delhi to stop the grave human rights violations forthwith,” the “JRL” had said in a statement.Last week, the “JRL” had asked people to observe the current week from Dec 3 to 9 as human rights week. Protest demonstrations were organised at various places during the week to highlight human rights situation in the valley.

Shops, other business establishments, fuel stations remained closed while public transport is off the roads in summer capital Srinagar. However, scanty private transport plied on the uptown city roads. Additional security forces personnel in parts of downtown Srinagar have been deployed to thwart “pro-freedom & anti India” protests.Similar reports of shutdown and impact on normal life were received from other district headquarters in the Valley.

Train services have been suspended for security reasons. The speed of mobile internet has been reduced in Srinagar and some other places in Kashmir Valley.Meanwhile, clashes were reported between youth and the security forces in Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district today following the burial of two teenage militants. Heavy stone pelting was reported from the area.

Thousands of people reportedly participated in the funeral prayers of two local LeT Mudasir Parrey (14) and Saqib Bilal Sheikh (17).  Both were killed yesterday alongwith a Pakistani top LeT commander Ali Bhai in 18-hour gunfight with the security forces in Mujgund area on the outskirts of Srinagar.

News24 Bureau