Srinagar, December 30
In the backdrop of the call given by the separatist leaders, a complete shutdown was observed on Friday across the Valley.All the shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed throughout the day while the traffic was thin on roads.
The valley roads wore a deserted look as all the shops, petrol pumps, business establishments remained closed to mark a protest against the government move.
The shutdown call was given by the separatist leadership including Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik against the government move of issuing domicile certificates to West Pakistan Refugees (WPR).
The leadership had also called for protest after Friday congregational prayers.
Meanwhile, as soon as the Friday prayers ended in the mosques, people at various places took to streets and staged protest against the government move and were demanding immediate stop of issuing domicile certificates to WPRs.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leaders assembled at Abi Guzar and staged protest. The protesters were chanting anti-government slogans.
Similar reports of protests were reported from several other areas.
Meanwhile, reports of clashes between youth and government forces were reported in several areas as well.
Reports said that after Friday prayers, clashes erupted between youth and forces in several areas including Tral, Sopore, Batamaloo, Nowhatta and others during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth who were throwing stones to them.
It is worth to mention here that JKLF chief who reached Pulwama in the morning hours today to stage protest after Friday prayers there was detained by the forces outside Jamia Masjid while Hurriyat (M) chairman and Jamia Masjid’s head cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who was scheduled to deliver sermons at grand mosque was disallowed to offer prayers at Jamia Masjid today, reports said.