SHUTDOWN HALTS NORMAL LIFE IN INDIAN KASHMIR
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Shutdown halts normal life in Indian Kashmir
KEYWORDS: Srinagar, Shutdown, Burhan Wani, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Separatist shutdown, against the killing of a militant leader, affects normal life in India's Kashmir.
SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA (DECEMBER 16, 2016) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI – NO ACCESS ARD/BBC)
1. VEHICLE PLYING ON A DESERTED ROAD
2. POLICE VEHICLE PARKED /MOTORCYCLE PLYING
3. VARIOUS OF CLOSED SHOPS
4. CLOSED SHOPS AND A CAR PLYING ON A DESERTED ROAD
5. MORE OF POLICE VEHICLE PARKED
6. AN AUTO RICKSHAW PARKED AT ROADSIDE
7. SOLDIER PATROLLING
8. MORE OF SOLDIERS STANDING/MEN WALKING ON ROAD
9. VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS STANDING AND WALKING
10. AN AUTO RICKSHAW PLYING ON A DESERTED ROAD WITH CLOSED SHOPS
11. SOLDIER WEARING HELMET
12. CAR PASSING BY A MAN WALKING ON ROAD
13. CLOSED SHOPS
14. MORE OF CLOSED SHOPS AND A POLICE BARRICADE
15. MAN WALKING BY CLOSED SHOPS
STORY: Separatist shutdown, against the killing of a militant leader, affected normal life in India's Kashmir on Friday (December 16).
India's northernmost Jammu and Kashmir province plunged into its worst unrest in six years after the killing of a field commander of separatist militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani, by security forces on July 08.
Commercial establishments remained closed and very few people and vehicles were seen out in the streets and on roads.
In a statement issued on Thursday (December 14), Hurriyat Conference, the main separatist alliance, asked people to observe the shutdown – in its sixth month now – only on Fridays and Saturdays for the next two weeks.
The scaling down comes amid mounting pressure from cross section of society, including traders and transporters, whose livelihood was hit by the prolonged shutdown.
Nearly 100 civilians have been killed and over 6,000 wounded in months of street clashes between protesters and security forces. Almost 100 security personnel too have sustained injuries in the violence.
However, the clashes and protests have almost entirely subsided with the unrest in the Valley losing intensity over time.
Wani was the leader of Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM), a group fighting Indian control of the Muslim-majority region. His social media videos showed him wearing military fatigues and calling for jihad.
Son of a headmaster, Wani was idolized by some youth and was a prominent member of HM in a region that has been at the centre of a strategic tussle between India and Pakistan for decades.