Complete Shutdown continuous in Shopian

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A complete shutdown is observed in southern town of Shopian Monday to press for the demand of shifting the Gagren CRPF camp.

Five persons were killed in CRPF firing stationed in the camp in two different incidents on September 7 and 11.

The deceased included four civilians. Police claimed that the fifth deceased was a militant.

Authorities had imposed curfew in the town on September 7 which continued till September 21.

“Although curfew is not in place, shutdown continues in the town,” official sources told Kashmir Life. Shops, business establishments, educational institutions, banks and government offices are closed since last 17 days. Traffic in also off the roads and the town is giving a deserted look.

The locals told KL that loud speakers of the mosques were used early Monday to ensure today’s shutdown.

Local sources said that people are demanding immediate shifting of the 14 battalion CRPF camp of Gagren.

State authorities have already said that the shifting of the camp is in progress.

Hundreds of protesters attacked the local fruit Mandi, Sunday evening which had started business after so many days.

The Mandi is situated in Arehama, an outskirts area of the town. “Dozens of trucks were damaged in the incident,” sources in the Shopian fruit Mandi said.

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