PULWAMA: Pulwama town on Friday observed a complete shutdown against police excesses on shopkeepers. The two-day shutdown call was announced by local traders Thursday after government forces thrashed some shopkeepers and threw away their goods during clashes that had erupted between them and students. All shops, business offices, educational institutions and petrol pumps remained closed in the township while all traffic remained off the roads.
Traders on Thursday said that the forces often target shopkeepers during the stone-throwing protests by students. They had also complained that the use of PAVA shells by forces during the clashes has caused severe health problems to them. Student protests in the town have become everyday occurrences since April 15 when the forces entered Degree College, Pulwama, and used excessive force, causing injuries to over fifty students.