Kashmir Indepth

Despite Geelani’s call to reopen, parts of Valley shutdown to mourn Zakir Musa’s killing

Two days after the killing of Zakir Musa, founder, and commander of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, in Dadsara village of Tral sub-district, clashes and restrictions stay afloat in Kashmir.

Most parts of the Srinagar are observing a shutdown amid restrictions in various parts of the Downtown, while streets in south Kashmir wore a deserted look, with government force gazing the streets.

Scores of youth gathered around Jamia Masjid in Srinagar to offer funeral prayers in absentia for Musa on Sunday morning, however, forces soon reached the area and chased the youth away.

Yesterday, Hurriyat (G), led by SAS Geelani, had asked people to resume their normal business on Sunday.

In Shopian, Kulgam, and Anantnag towns, government force personnel have been deployed in large numbers to prevent any protests. Shops, business establishments, and educational institutes remained shut in these areas with a thin layer of traffic movement.

According to the locals, forces are patrolling the streets and disallowing any public gathering.

Strict restrictions were imposed again in Nowhatta area of the old city after fresh protests erupted in the area.

Earlier, restrictions were withdrawn across Valley and life returned to normal on Sunday after two days of restrictions and shutdown called in the wake of the killing of Musa.

“But we had to impose restrictions again in Nowhatta after fresh protests erupted in the area,” the police official told a local news agency. Shops and other business establishments re-opened Sunday morning while public transport started plying normally.

Earlier, mobile internet was also suspended on Thursday night across the valley, but the low-speed service was restored in most parts on Saturday evening following improvement in the situation.

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