Kashmir simmers over killing of 2 civilians by security forces

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SRINAGAR: Situation remained tense in Kashmir valley on Monday in the aftermath of killing of two civilians and a militant in south Kashmir on Sunday, with the authorities imposing curfew in parts of Srinagar and south Kashmir.

Areas falling under six police stations in Srinagar and Pulwama district were placed under a curfew to stop street protests.

Heavy deployments of security personnel disallowed movement of people and vehicles to keep protesters at bay.

Very few vehicles were plying on the roads. All offices, banks, business establishments and petrol pumps were closed in the Valley in response to a shutdown call issued by separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik.

Most separatist leaders, including the Mirwaiz, were placed under house arrest.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti, who condemned the incident, on Monday morning visited her father’s grave briefly in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district to observe the 40 mourning day of late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who expired on January 7.

Situation flared up on Sunday after two students, Danish Farooq Mir (19), a resident of Ratnipora, and Shaista Hameed (22), a resident of Lelhar area, were killed near an encounter site in Pulwama district on Sunday. A local militant was also killed. More than a dozen civilians were injured in security forces’ action.

Locals alleged the security forces fired into the protesting crowds, the police, however, claimed Ms. Hameed was hit by a bullet in exchange of fire with hiding militants. Two militants were able to flee from the spot.

Meanwhile, all train services and Kashmir University examinations, scheduled for Monday, have been cancelled.

 

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