Restrictions imposed in Old City; no prayers at Jama Masjid

Srinagar, June 9: (GNS) A complete shutdown on the call of joint resistance leadership against the killing of a Shopian youth was observed across Kashmir Valley on Friday. Authorities fearing protests imposed restrictions in Old City and disallowed prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.

According to GNS, the joint resistance leadership had asked people to observe shutdown today to protest the killing of first year student Adil Farooq Magray by forces at Ganawpora Shopian on Wednesday evening during clashes. As per the call, all the shops and commercial establishments were closed in summer capital while transport was skeletal. The schools and colleges were also closed and government offices recorded less attendance.

Authorities imposed restrictions in seven police station areas of Srinagar to contain protests. Hundreds of police and CRPF men were deployed in Maharaj Gunj, Safakadal, Khanyar, Rainawari, Maisuma, Nowhatta and Kralkhud areas. The forces men restricted the movement of people and vehicles. The forces men didn’t allow Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid.

Police arrested JKLF chief Yasin Malik when he along with his supporters tried to march towards Lal Chowk from Dastgeer Sahab Sarai Bala. Later clashes erupted at Sarai Bala. Reports said that the shutdown was also observed in other areas of Kashmir including in Shopian district.

Reports said clashes erupted at Memandar, Pulwama Town, Tahab, Bellow, Reshi Bazar Anantnag and Tral. One youth was injured in the clashes. Reports said that army resorted to aerial firing at Chewakalan Newa after it came under stone-pelting.  The clashes were also reported from Main Town of Kupwara, Hajin and Papchan areas of Bandipora and Sopore in north Kashmir amid shutdown.

Police said barring the five stray incidents of stone pelting, situation across the valley remained peaceful and under control. “After Friday prayers, these stone pelting incidents were reported from Memender, near Mini-Secretariat in Shopian, near Reshmoual Sahib Shrine in Anantnag, Near Jamia Masjid in Kupwara and at main Chowk Sopore,” said police spokesperson.

“At these places miscreants in their attempt to disrupt the situation pelted stones on police and security forces deployment. The deployment used maximum restraint and chased the miscreants away,” said the police, adding that: “Near Reshmoul Sahib a boy identified as Faizan Ahmad Sheikh son of Gul Mohammad a resident of S.K Colony Anantnag received stone injury on his right eye.  He was shifted to SMHS, Hospital Srinagar where his condition is said to be stable. “ (GNS)