A shutdown was observed in Kashmir on Saturday in the wake of Hurriyat call for protests against alleged rape of a Kulgam woman and the detention of Kashmir American Council (KAC) head Ghulam Nabi Fai this week. The day passed off peacefully with no reports of violence or street protests.
Shops, business establishments, schools and private offices remained closed with thin presence of public transport on the roads. Shutdown was observed in both south and north Kashmir towns. Restrictions were imposed on movement of people and vehicles by security forces in Kulgam's Manzgam area, where the 25-year-old victim lives in south Kashmir.
As a precautionary measure, the authorities placed hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani under house arrest, for the fourth consecutive day. Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and his associate Shabir Ahmed Shah, advocate Shahid-ul-Islam and Zaffar Akbar Bhat were also confined to their residences for second consecutive day.
Though the day passed off peacefully, there was minor incident of stone pelting in uptown Srinagar's Barzalla area were a few boys hurled rocks. The police dispersed the group quickly and arrested a few boys from the area for questioning.
"The day passed off peacefully throughout Kashmir valley. There were no reports of any untoward incident from any place. In most of the towns, private transport plied while in uptown Srinagar at many places, public transport also plied on roads," said a police officer.
The authorities fanned out additional troops in all sensitive areas in downtown Srinagar and towns across the valley to keep protesters at bay.