Kashmir shuts to mourn Pulwama killings

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Srinagar

A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir valley on Sunday to mourn the killings of seven civilians and three militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district yesterday.

Deserted view of Lalchowk on Sunday.
KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for shutdown till Monday against the killing of seven civilians in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday. The leadership also announced that it will march towards army headquarters in Badami Bagh, Srinagar on Monday.

All shops and other business establishments are closed while public transport is off the roads in the capital city Srinagar.

Strict restrictions have been imposed in Pulwama and in other parts of the valley to prevent any protests against the killings.

Reports of the complete shutdown were also received from other districts of the valley.

Three militants and an army man were killed in a gunfight in Kharpora Sarnooi village, while seven civilians were killed after the forces opened fire on protesters.

The slain militants were identified as Adnan alias Tahir Hizbi, a resident of Karimabad, Bilal Ahmad alias Hashim, a resident of Rajpora and a former army man Zahoor Ahmad who deserted the army ranks and joined militancy.

The slain civilians were identified as Shahbaz Ali, a resident of Monghama village, Suhail Ahmad of Bellow, Liyaqat Ahmad from Parigam, Murtaza of Prichoo, Amir Ahmad Palla of Ashminder, Touseef Ahmad Mir of Chersoo Pulwama and Abid Hussain Lone of Kareemabad.

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