SRINAGAR: Routine life remained badly affected for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday in India-held Kashmir due to a shutdown called by local groups in protest against the deaths of protesters in clashes with Indian security personnel.
The anti-India groups extended the shutdown by two more days until Friday.
Shops and business establishments remained closed while public and private transport remained off the roads due to the strike. Curfew remained in force in many parts of the disputed Himalayan region, including Pampore and Kupwara towns, while restrictions on movement of people were imposed in the rest of the areas.
The death toll from clashes between protesters and security personnel rose to 34 since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on Friday, which led to protests across the region.
According to the latest figures available, most deaths have taken place in Anantnag district (16) followed by Kulgam (eight), Shopian (five), Pulwama (three), Srinagar and Kupwara (one each). Meanwhile, militants fired at the vehicle of a sub-divisional police officer in Shopian district but he escaped unhurt, police said. Leaders arrested
The chiefs of their factions of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were detained by police after they defied restrictions and tried to lead protest marches.
Geelani, who was under house arrest, was arrested by police outside his residence in Hyderpora after he defied restrictions and tried to take out a march to commemorate the 85th anniversary of those who laid down their lives fighting against the ruling classes in 1931.
Police arrested Umar Farooq, who was also under house arrest, after he came out of his Nigeen residence to lead a march to the Martyrs Graveyard.
He had climbed the main gate of his residence as a heavy deployment of police had barricaded it, a spokesman for the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat said.
Tariq Naqash adds from Muzaffarabad: The supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, on Wednesday asked the United Nations and the international community to take stock of the atrocities in India-held Kashmir and play their role in resolving the festering Kashmir issue.
He also threatened to lead a march across the Line of Control. “If there is no let-up in the bloodbath by the Indian occupation forces, Kashmiris can go for a civil disobedience movement alongside the armed struggle,” he said at a rally held to pay tribute to martyrs of July 13, 1931 and the ongoing freedom movement.
Courtesy : Dawn News