Srinagar, Dec 17: Amid protest demonstrations at several places, a complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir Valley on Monday for the third straight day on Monday against the killings of seven civilians in southern Pulwama district on the weekend.
Reports said all shops and other commercial establishments were closed in this summer capital of the state and elsewhere in the Valley. The public and private transport was mainly off the roads while educational institutions were closed. The Kashmir University and other varsities had postponed examinations scheduled for today. The train service between Srinagar to Banihal and Srinagar to Baramulla remained also suspended for the third consecutive day today for “security reasons”.
The Joint Resistance Leadership had called for the shutdown and a march to Badami Bagh army base in Srinagar to mourn the killings.
On Saturday, seven civilians were killed and nearly 50 others were injured after government forces fired at the protesters near the site of a gunfight that claimed three militants and a soldier in Sirnoo village of southern Pulwama district.
Meanwhile, reports said said that clashes between youth and government forces took place at Habbakadal, Nawabazar, Eidgah, Barbarshah, Maisuma, Natipora, Rambagh, Naikbagh, Manchowa, Kralpora areas of Srinagar and northern Baramulla district’s Khanpora area. Restrictions were also imposed in parts of Srinagar and in entire Pulwama. Internet remained snapped in south Kashmir and Srinagar while low internet speed remained very low elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Central University of Kashmir and IUST have postponed all the examinations scheduled on Tuesday.
According to a CUK statement, the fresh dates for the postponed exams will be notified separately
Authorities at the Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) also postponed the examinations slated on December 18.
A spokesman of the varsity said new dates for the deferred exams will be notified later separately.
He said the class work will also remain suspended at the IUST campus on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, according to district administration, Ganderbal has ordered that class work in government degree college Ganderbal, Kangan, Government Engineering College Safapora, Polytechnic College Hatbora Ganderbal and ITI Ganderbal and Kangan shall remain suspended on Tuesday.