In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed today against the holding of so-called Indian parliamentary elections in the territory and brutal measures against the Kashmiri people and their leadership.
Call for the shutdown was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.
It was also aimed at registering protest against the victimization and harassment of Hurriyat leaders and their kin by India’s infamous National Investigation Agency, the closure of Kashmir’s main highway for civilians for two days in a week and attack by Indian police and troops on inmates at Srinagar Central Jail.
All shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while attendance in government and private offices was very thin.
The NIA is harassing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Syed Ali Gilani’s two sons in the name of questioning in connection with the false cases registered against them.
The JRL in a statement issued in Srinagar appealed to the people of the occupied territory to stay away from the polling.
It also called for shutdown in areas which are going to polls in the valley in subsequent phases of the farcical elections.
Meanwhile, curfew continued to remain enforced in Kishtwar, Doda and Bhaderwah areas of Jammu region on the third consecutive day, today.
Curfew was imposed in these areas after unknown gunmen killed RSS leader, Chandrakant Singh and his personal security officer, Rajinder Kumar, at district hospital Kishtwar.
The authorities have shifted over two dozen Kashmiri political prisoners including Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr Abdul Hameed Fayyaz, and Jamiat Ahle Hadith Vice President, Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri, from Jammu’s Kathua jail to a jail in Haryana, India.