Kashmir Shuts Against ‘Mysterious’ Killings

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SRINAGAR:  A complete shutdown was observed on Wednesday against the mysterious killings of three youth in North Kashmir over the weekend.

The call for shutdown was given by the both factions of the Hurriyat and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front and it was supported by militant outfit Hizbul Mujhideen and High Court Bar Association.

The impact of shutdown call was seen across Kashmir, where shops, business establishments, educational institutes and other offices remained shut.  

Pertinently, the bodies of three militants Amir Reshi of Sheva Sopore, Ashiq Hussain of Lolipora Pattan and Naveed Ahmed of Batapora Sopore were recovered by locals from an apple orchard in Dangarpora Pattan on September 14. The incident had sparked violent protests in some belts of North Kashmir.

Reports said that all shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed while public transport was off the road. Eyewitnesses said that a complete shutdown was observed in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag.

Authorities had deployed troops and police personnel in strength in North Kashmir and other towns to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the mysterious killings.

Reports of stray stone pelting incidents were reported from Habakadal, Safakadal, Narabal and other parts of Valley. A police official said that situation remained peaceful throughout the day.

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