A general shutdown, coupled with protest demonstrations crippled normal life in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. All the shops, business centres and commercial establishments remained shut due to strike. The transport also remained off the roads, and most of the government offices including courts and banks were locked.
The shutdown was called by JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik in protest against the alleged human rights violations in the valley. The last week’s startling revelation of security forces killings civilians and then branding them as Pakistani terrorists enraged the whole valley. Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference had also supported the strike call.
Beginning on Tuesday, the JKLF chief, along with his dozens of associates, is on hunger-strike for three days. "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised zero tolerance with regard to human rights violations. But the human rights violations have terribly increased," Malik said.
He gave 45-days to government to 'stop human rights violations otherwise I have no option but to go for fast-unto-death'.
Hundreds of JKLF supporters took out procession from interior Srinagar and marched through various localities shouting 'pro freedom' and 'anti government' slogans.
Police fired tear smoke shells at Raj Bagh to break a protest march by Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat Conference supporters.
Relatives of several 'disappeared' persons also took out protest marches in civil line area in Srinagar. Carrying photographs of 'missing' persons, the protestors were shouting slogans against security forces and SOG.