Kashmir Valley remains shut for second day over cleric’s assassination

April 10th, 2011 - 6:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Srinagar, Apr 10 (ANI): There was complete shutdown for the second consecutive day here on Sunday against the killing of Islamic cleric Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah, who was assassinated outside a Srinagar mosque on Friday afternoon.

The separatist outfit, Hurriyat Conference, has called for a two-day shutdown in the state to protest the killing.

Shops and business establishments remained shut, and the streets wore a deserted look amid tension and fear.

Farooq, a local said that the public supported the shutdown and want killings in the Kashmir Valley to be stopped.

“The Hurriyat Conference had called for two days shutdown. The shutdown has been successful. The entire people are with him (Moulvi Showkat Shah). All children, students and the public are with him. We raise our voice against the killings that has been going on in the Kashmir valley,” he said.

Aiming to prevent a possible recurrence of violence in the strife-torn region, the authorities have deployed hundreds of armed security personnel to patrol the area and quell the simmering unrest.

Shah died on the way to hospital. No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. (ANI)

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