8 Killings In A Day: Valley Shuts In Protest

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Srinagar: The Kashmir valley on Monday observed complete shutdown against the killings of eight civilians in Budgam and Ganderbal districts on Sunday during parliament by-polls.
 

All the shops, business establishments, schools and offices remained closed while the public transport was off the roads.
 

However a small number of private vehicles were seen moving on city roads.
 

Eight young men were killed by government forces in Budgam and Ganderbal districts during protests against the elections in Srinagar parliamentary constituency on Sunday.
 

Following the killings, the Hurriyat Conference had called for a two day shutdown in Kashmir while a shutdown call for polling day (April 12) was issued earlier.
 

Reports said clashes erupted between protesters and Govt forces in Natipora area of Srinagar in this afternoon following which the forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the youth who were throwing stones on them.
 

Clashes also erupted between youth and forces in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district after people protested against the arrests in the area.
 

Minor clashes and protests also erupted in Ganderbal after the burial of a youth Omar Farooq who was killed in police firing yesterday evening in Baroosa village.
 

Witnesses said that a number of youth were arrested in Gopalpora area of Kulgam ahead of the by-polls. After the arrests, the people took to streets and started pelting stones, they said.
 

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