Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, April 14 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday directed the state police to ensure that no civilian is harmed during crowd control, as the valley remained tense over the deaths of four people, including three in alleged firing by security forces.
Mehbooba, who returned to Srinagar on Thursday from New Delhi, held a meeting of top officials to review the security situation in the state.
The chief minister, who earlier in the day met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in New Delhi, directed her officials that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of dealing with mobs should be followed to ensure that civilians do not get harmed during crowd control, said sources.
There was a near-total response to the shutdown call as shops, schools, colleges, offices and other businesses in areas where restrictions have not been imposed remained closed. Public transport was also off the roads in the valley.
Separatists have also called for post-prayer protests on Friday.