Srinagar (October 12, 2018): In occupied Kashmir, the complete shutdown is being observed, today, to mourn the killing of a Ph.D. scholar, Dr. Manan Wani, and his associate, Aashiq Hussain Zargar, by Indian troops.
The troops killed Dr. Mannan Wani and Aashiq Hussain Zargar during a cordon and search operation in Shotgun area of Kupwara district, yesterday.
Call for the shutdown has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik to pay homage to Dr Wani and his associate. All shops, business establishments and petrol pumps are closed while transport is off the road. Many government offices also witnessed thin attendance of employees in view of the strike. The occupation authorities have imposed strict restrictions in Lolab and Kupwara towns to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the killing of Dr. Wani who hailed from Tikipora area of Kupwara district. Indian troops and police personnel in riot-gear have been deployed in strength in Srinagar and other towns to prevent anti-India demonstrations.
The authorities have announced the closure of educational institutions in Srinagar, Kupwara, Bandipora, and other areas, today. Kashmir University has also announced the suspension of class work at all its campuses. Reports said people in large numbers are visiting Mannan Wani’s home to express solidarity with his family.
On the other hand, the occupation authorities continue to place almost all Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed, Bilal Siddiqi, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Hilal Ahmed War, Nisar Hussain Rathar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Qazi Yasir under house arrest or in detention.