A spontaneous shutdown is being observed in parts of central Kashmir’s Budgam district against the killing of eight civilians on this day last year during the by-poll of Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency.
All shops and other business establishments are closed in Chadoora, Charar-e-Sharief, Pakherpora and Dalwan – the native areas of slain civilians. Public transport is off the roads.
Apprehending protests, the district administration last night ordered closure of all colleges and higher secondary schools in these areas.
Last year, Srinagar parliamentary seat that was won by National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah recorded only 7.1 per cent polling, a record low in the history of Kashmir Parliament elections.
Nine civilians were killed in forces’ action during the day. While eight civilians died in forces’ action on protesters during the poll violence in Budgam areas, another civilian was shot by the forces in Barsoo village of Ganderbal.