Srinagar, Mar 07 (KMW): A complete shutdown was observed in the length and breadth of Kashmir valley on Wednesday against the killing of civilians in Shopian and against the shifting of Kashmiri political prisoners from Srinagar to outside Valley. The call of shutdown was given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) besides appealing people to march towards Shopian, South Kashmir. The authorities, however, put in place strict restrictions to foil the proposed march.
SAS Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq tried to defy the restrictions but a strong presence of police and paramilitary forces foiled their attempt.
Several leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Hakeem Abdul Rashid, Zaffer Akbar Bhat, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Umar Adil Dar and other were placed either under house arrest or detained in different police stations.
The JRL leaders expressed serious concern over the plight of dozens of resistance leaders and Kashmiri prisoners booked by NIA stating that â€œit is condemnable that these prisoners are deprived of basic facilities including medical aid.â€
Pertinently, following the dramatic escape of LeT’s Mohammed Naveed Jhatt from a hospital, as many as 40 prisoners were shifted from the central jail Srinagar to prisons outside the Valley, a step taken after.
On Sunday six persons in Shopian area of south Kashmir which include two militants and four youth were killed in forces action.