Shutdown across Kashmir valley over trucker’s death

Srinagar, Oct.19 (ANI): In the wake of the death of a truck conductor Zahid Rasool Bhat, who was allegedly attacked by a mob at Udhampur on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on October 9, a complete shutdown is being observed across the Kashmir valley today.

The shutdown was called by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik and has been supported by both factions of Hurriyat conference and trade unions.

The authorities have deployed police and CRPF jawans at various places to check the violent protests.

The government has imposed undeclared curfew around seven police stations of Srinagar. All shops, business establishments, schools and government offices are closed and public transport is off from the roads.

“There is a complete shutdown in Srinagar. I want to appeal to my Hindu and Muslim brothers to maintain peace in the valley for the development of Kashmir,” a resident of Srinagar told ANI.

The attack on Bhat was seen by many as an after-effect of a beef party hosted by independent legislator Engineer Rashid in Srinagar.

The locals staged a protest over the death of Bhat yesterday, who suffered burn injuries along with the driver, and was shifted Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

The incident led to an uproar in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Saturday, with the opposition seeking a reply from the ruling BJP-PDP government. (ANI)

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