The Joint Resistance Leadership headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, had called for a complete shutdown in Kashmir Valley on May 1. This strike was called against killing of two militants and a civilian in encounter with government forces on April 30 in Drubgam Pulwama. Normal life was affected across the valley as shops, offices, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed. Similarly, the public transport vehicles remained off road during this strike. All exams scheduled on Tuesday (May 1) were postponed by the University of Kashmir. The Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mukhtar Ahmad, Waza Bilal Siddiqui, Zafar Akbar Butt, Omar Aadil Dar, Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar and Muhammad Ashraf Laya were put either under house arrest or in jails.
Meanwhile, strict restrictions were imposed in Srinagar & South Kashmir and massive security was deployed to foil the anti-India protests. The restrictions were particularly imposed in Srinagar areas of Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud. Train services between Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region remained suspended. Also the mobile and internet services were snapped across South Kashmir and parts of Northern Kashmir.
The Bar Association also observed a strike and boycotted the judicial work to register their protest against the use of brute force by Indian troops against the unarmed civilian population at Drubgam Pulwama. The Bar Association issued a statement stating that, use of brute force against unarmed civilian population is the gravest kind of human rights violation of which notice should be taken by the countries world over.
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