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Kashmir Valley Observes Shutdown to Mourn the Kulgam Killings

On the second consecutive day, Kashmir valley observed shutdown to mourn the Kulgam Killings. The shutdown call was given by the joint resistance leadership over the killings of civilians in a blast near encounter site in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

On Sunday, a gunfight started between militants and security forces in Laroo village of Kulgam in which three militants were killed and three security forces were also injured. Soon after the gunfight, people from the nearby villages visited the site, where a blast occurred in which 7 people were killed and more than two dozen people were injured, who were admitted in different hospitals of Kulgam, Anantnag and Srinagar.

Meanwhile, the authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Kulgam town and other districts to prevent youth from taking to roads and staging protests against the killing of civilians. As per police sources, section 144 were imposed in Kulgam as a precautionary measure. Heavy contingents of police and CRPF were also deployed on streets while barricades and were placed on roads to restrict movement of the public in the town. Mobile internet service in the town also remained suspended in order to maintain law and order.

However, despite all restrictions, people visited the district in large numbers to mourn the killing. According to reports, people took to streets at several villages like Khudwani, Qaimoh, Hawoora, Poniwaha, Laroo and DH Pora and staged protests against the killing of seven civilians in a blast at gunfight site at Laroo village. They also offered funeral prayers in absentia for slain civilians and militants at several villages of Kulgam.

Meanwhile, shops, business establishments, schools, colleges and private offices remained closed in Valley while top separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik were placed under house arrest while others were detained.

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