Shutdown hits normal life in Shopian for the 18th consecutive day

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A complete shutdown is observed in the southern town of Shopian Tuesday to press for the demands of shifting the Gagren CRPF camp and bringing to book the forces personnel involved in the two firing incidents.

Five persons were killed in CRPF firing stationed in the Gagren 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 from last 18 days. Traffic in also off the roads and the town is giving a deserted look.

Sources informed told KL that a meeting is scheduled between the local traders and the district administration today.

They said that the people are demanding an immediate shifting of the Gagren CRPF camp housing 14th battalion and arresting of the personnel involved in the firing incidents. People  also demand the release of all the arrested youth.

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

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