Shutdown disrupts life in Kashmir

ISJK militant arrested

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, July 13: A complete shutdown was today observed across Kashmir to remember the Martyrs of July 13, 1931 while as the authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar to foil the march called by separatist leaders.
The shutdown was called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of separatists in remembrance of 22 people who were killed in 1931 during a protest.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was scheduled to lead a procession from Jamia Masjid here to Martyrs graveyard today. However, he was not allowed to lead a rally as he was put under house arrest on Friday morning.
Following the call given by JRL, all the shops and business establishments remained closed across the Valley while as the traffic was off the roads. Government offices also remained closed as State observes July 13 as a holiday.
Police and paramilitary CRPF was heavily deployed on roads, lanes and by-lanes of Srinagar to thwart any protest. The restrictions were imposed in several areas including Srinagar.
In Khanyar area of old Srinagar where the Martyrs Graveyard is located, the security forces had blocked the road with concertina wires to halt the vehicular and pedestrian movement.
Police today said that security forces arrested an ISJK militant Muzamil Ahmed alias Dada of Wopzan, Bijbehara in Anantnag. They said that he is being questioned and have refused to give any more details.
Meanwhile, police today arrested a person along with some gelatin rods used for making explosives in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
Amir Amin Bukhari was arrested during a raid at his house in Bala Nowpora, Keegam by police today. Some suspicious substances including gelatin rods were recovered from his possession.
Police are investigating all the angles including whether the recovered objects were being used in making IEDs.