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Bandh over closure of Pathribal encounter case hits life in Kashmir

india Updated: Jan 31, 2014 17:20 IST
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Normal life in Kashmir was partially affected due to a strike called by the moderate Hurriyat Conference to protest the army's decision to close the Pathribal fake encounter case.

Shops, offices and business establishments in Lal Chowk and surrounding areas remained closed due to the strike called by the Hurriyat faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

Work in courts was also affected as Kashmir High Court Bar Association has supported the strike call. However, life was unaffected in Civil Lines and other areas of the city. The strike call evoked minimal response in other districts of the Valley. Transport services, though thin, were plying on all routes across the Valley. Hurriyat Conference had called for the shutdown to protest the closure of the Pathribal fake encounter case relating to the killing of five innocent persons who were later dubbed as foreign militants in March 2000.

After lengthy legal process to determine whether the five army personnel accused in the case should be tried in view of the immunity under AFSPA, the army opted for a general court martial. The army had recently closed the case for lack of evidence, a decision that led to widespread condemnation from both the mainstream and separatist camps in the Valley.