Complete shutdown observed in occupied Kashmir
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed, on Saturday, to protest against Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to the territory.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while traffic was off the road. People released black balloons in Srinagar to express their resentment against the visit of Narendra Modi.
The occupation authorities had taken unprecedented security measures and turned Srinagar into a fortress. Mobile and internet services were suspended in the city. The authorities had also imposed curfew and restrictions in Srinagar and other major towns by deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength.
The action was aimed at stopping the people from conducting the Million March at TRC ground in Srinagar, call for which was given by the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, and was supported by other pro-freedom leaders.
Despite restrictions, people staged anti-India demonstrations in Srinagar, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara, Islamabad, and other areas and tried to conduct the march.
However, Indian troops and police personnel stopped them from heading to the TRC ground. Indian forces’ personnel used brute force against the demonstrators at various places, injuring several persons.
Indian police arrested Syed Ali Gilani and several other Hurriyet leaders and activists from different areas of Srinagar when they tried to march towards.
All other Hurriyet leaders were kept under house arrest or illegal detention to stop them from leading the march. Member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed was arrested after he waved black flag at his residence to protest against Modi’s visit.