The demand of disbanding of Village Defence Committees is getting shriller who allegedly flared up the communal clashes in Kishtwar and their role in other rights violations against which people of Kashmir are observing shutdown Saturday.
Normal life is hit in summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir and other major towns of the valley.
Senior resistance leader, Syed Ali Geelani had called for the protest shutdown against the Kishtwar communal riots and to press his demand for disbanding the village defence committees (VDCs) in Jammu region.
Shops and other businesses and educational institutions have been closed, though traffic is partially moving on several roads.
Police sources said that additional deployments of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been made as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
In a statement issued to press on Friday, Geelani termed the VDCs “the terrorist section of the Sangh Parivar”.
The VDCs were formed by the government in early nineties and weapons were provided to the.
There are a number of complaints of human rights violations against the VDC members.
Separatist leaders have questioned the role of the VDCs, alleging that during the Kishtwar clashes members of these committees used the weapons issued to them against the Muslim community.