Shutdown enters 9th day in Pulwama in favour of martyr’s memorial

PULWAMA: A complete shutdown was observed in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama town and adjacent hamlet on ninth consecutive day on Friday against government for not allowing youth of the town to erect a pro-rebel memorial at Shaheed Park (martyr’s park).

All shops and commercial establishments were closed while as traffic remained off the roads, reports said.

Eyewitnesses said that on Friday, government forces including local police and personnel of paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force, were deployed in strength to thwart possible protests.

Reports said that shortly after Friday prayers, groups of youth pelted stones on the deployed forces at Prichu. Police burst tear smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes between police and youth continued for hours.

A complete shutdown was also observed in the adjacent hamlets of the district including Tahab, Naira, Rohmu, Karimabad and Penglina.

“The strike would continue till we are not allowed to erect the memorial board at Shaheed Park,” a youth from Pulwama said.