Kashmir shuts against attack on truckers in Udhampur

Srinagar: A shutdown called by separatists against the Udhampur truck attack affected life in the Valley on Monday.

Shops, educational institutions, public transport and other businesses remained shut in summer capital Srinagar and most other cities and towns in the Valley on Monday.

Kashmir University also announced postponement of all the exams scheduled for the day.

Senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik appealed for a Valley wide protest shutdown against torching of a Valley bound truck in Udhampur town of Jammu region last Friday.

Two locals, Zahid Rasool Bhat, 16, and Showkat Ahmad Dar, 35, both belonging to south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, sustained serious burn injuries in the attack after miscreants threw a petrol bomb inside the parked truck.

Truck driver Rameez Ahmad jumped out of the vehicle and managed to save himself from the assailants.

A policeman who tried to save the victims also sustained injuries in the attack.

The attack rocked the proceedings of the state assembly on Saturday with legislators seeking stringent punishment for perpetrators of the attack.

Six people have been arrested in Udhampur in connection with the attack.

Two people were initially arrested based on the CCTV footage and the remaining four were arrested following disclosures by those who were arrested.

Police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed in strength at sensitive places, including the old cities areas in Srinagar city.

Inter district connectivity in the Valley was also disrupted because of non- availability of public transport.

Attendance in government offices, banks and post offices ran thin because of lack of public transport in Srinagar.

4 thoughts on “Kashmir shuts against attack on truckers in Udhampur

  • October 12, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Giving higher share of Assembly seats to Kashmir Region than Jammu Region: During the formation of Jammu & Kashmir Assembly the Congress government gave the control of State to Kashmir region by giving it 43 seats out of total 75 seats. It is to be noted, both by area and number of voters Jammu region should have got higher share. No any official census or surveys were done and government gifted more than 50% of assembly seats to Kashmir Valley thereby making it impossible for Jammu to play any pivotal role. To pass any law or abolish article 370 it should be passed in J& K assembly and by this scenario it was made impossible. Till date the unequal distribution of seats makes it difficult for other parties to form government. The state politics is controlled by Kashmir Valley which in turn supports Pakistan and Separatist leaders. (At present Kashmir region has 46 seats, Jammu has 37 seats and Ladakh has 4 seats).

  • October 12, 2015 at 6:34 am

    8) Used his power to pass article 306-A which ultimately became source of article 370: In its initial days article 370 was not in scene and instead article 306-A was drafted. Nehru sent Sheikh to Dr. B.R Ambedkar to draft an appropriate constitution for state but Dr. Ambedkar rejected it saying: “Mr. Abdullah, you want India should defend Kashmir, India should develop Kashmir and Kashmiris should have equal right as citizens of India, but you don’t want India and any citizen of India to have any rights in Kashmir. I am the Law Minister of India. I cannot betray the interest of my country”. When Dr. Ambedkar refused to draft the article, Nehru asked Gopalaswami Ayyangar to draft the article. Once the article was prepared Nehru used his absolute majority in parliament to pass the article.


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