Kashmir Mourns Killings : Restrictions, Shutdown Continue for Third Straight Day

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Srinagar : As killings continue in Kashmir, the valley observes a complete shutdown and protest against the killings of five civilians in South Kashmir’s Shopian district during operations against militants on Sunday, authorities on Tuesday continued restrictions in various parts of Srinagar and other places in the valley after separatists renewed their appeal for a protest shutdown.

Traffic is off the roads while all the business establishments remain shut. All educational institutions including Universities, Colleges and Schools have been closed for the second day across the Kashmir, Markets, public transport and other businesses remained shut .

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) – compromising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have called – last evening people to continue shutdown today to protest against the killings of 10 people, including five civilians and five militants in south Kashmir on Sunday.

On May 06, Sunday, five militants and five were killed by government forces in Shopian and Kulgam districts of southern part of Kashmir during an encounter in Badigam village of Shopian, in which Top Hizb ul Mujahideen commander, Sadam Paddar and an assistant professor of Kashmir University, Muhammad Rafi Bhat, were among the militants killed in the gun battle with the forces .

Heavy contingents of police were deployed in the restricted areas in Srinagar, Rail services between north Kashmir’s Baramulla town and Jammu’s Bannihal have been suspended.

Separatist leaders, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq have been placed under house arrest while Yasin Malik continues to remain under preventive detention.

Mobile Internet facility also continued to remain suspended for the third day in the valley, including in Srinagar, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian, Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla and Budgam districts.

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained closed in Srinagar city and all other district headquarters .

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the district when this report was filed.

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