Srinagar, Sep 12, CNS: A complete shutdown was observed on Saturday against the upholding of the imperial era ban upheld by a division bench of High Court directing police to ensure ban on beef sale in state.
The impact of shutdown call given by separatists was seen in major parts of valley where shops, business establishments, educational institutes and offices remain locked down.
Restrictions were imposed in major parts of city; curfew-like situation was reported from old city.
Pertinently, the ban has created a public outcry in Kashmir with people terming it a “direct interference in food and religious matters”. As ire peaked up, protests rocked many parts of valley. Besides, several incidents surfaced across Kashmir where people slaughtered cows to resist the attempts to ban beef.
Reports said that all shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while public transport was off the road.
Authorities imposed strict restrictions in Srinagar and deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength in other towns to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the court verdict. Locals from downtown of Srinagar informed that curfew-like restrictions were in place in the area. Despite heavy deployment of army and paramilitary personnel, people staged demonstrations in Srinagar, Islamabad, Pulwama, Sopore, Shopian, Pattan and other towns to express their resentment against the court ruling. Government forces used force on the demonstrators at various places injuring several persons. People also slaughtered more bovines across Kashmir including Srinagar and South Kashmir.
The authorities continued to put under detention Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi and Qazi Yasir Ahmad in their houses and police stations to prevent them from leading the demonstrations.
Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi and Zafar Akbar Butt, in their statements hailed the Kashmiri people for protesting against the anti-Muslim court verdict. They said that the Kashmiris would not accept such decrees that amounted to interference in their religious affairs. (CNS)