Zahid killing: Shutdown in Anantnag, normalcy returns to Valley

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A shutdown was observed in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district for the second consecutive day on 20 October to protest the killing of Udhampur petrol bomb attack victim Zahod Rasool Bhat.

Separatist groups and trade bodies had called the day’s strike. The shutdown in many areas of Anantnag district has been spontaneous. No restrictions have been imposed on people’s movement.

Security personnel were deployed in sensitive areas of the state to maintain law and order, said a police officer.

Public transport buses plied normally and educational institutions functioned normally. Shopkeepers and traders opened shops, business establishments and petrol pumps and they were seen to do brisk business.

Though life returned to normalcy elsewhere in the Valley, the authorities had imposed restrictions in some police station areas in Srinagar and Anantnag districts to maintain law and order.

A group of youth threw stones on security forces at Zaid’s native village, Batengoo, however, they were chased away, said the police officer. Though the situation has been brought under control, it continues to remain tense.

On 19 October, the entire Kashmir valley was shutdown. Protesters and police clashed with each other as truck conductor Bhat, was laid to rest amid tight security.

A resident of Anantnag, Zahid was conductor of the truck that was proceeding to Kashmir when a mob attacked it with petrol bombs on October 9. The driver of the truck Showkat Ahmed is also admitted in the hospital.

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