Shutdown, clashes in Kashmir, Chenab Valley over Kulgam killings

Srinagar, Oct 22 : Amid clashes at several parts, Kashmir and Chenab Valley on Monday observed a complete shutdown against the killing of seven civilians in Kulgam on Sunday.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for the shutdown on Monday and a march to Lal Chowk tomorrow to protest the “bloodbath” in Laroo village of Kulgam where seven civilians were killed in a blast or firing by government forces.

Reports and officials told GNS scores of youth took to streets at Redwani and Khudwani and clashed with deployments of government forces. They also pelted stones on 1st RR camp at Redwani. The government forces responded by firing tear gas shells and pellets. One person suffered pellet injuries in his right eye and was hospitalized, reports said.

The clashes between youth and government were also reported at Fruit Mandi Parimpora, Narbal, Kushipora HMT, Khaiwani Eiggah, Saidpora Safakadal, Ban Mohalla Fateh Kadal, Footbridge Parimpora, Noorbagh, Eidgah, Padshahibagh, Natipora, Nowabazar, Mehjoornagar bridge, Khumani Chowk Bemina, Lal Bazar, Butshah Mohalla Lalbazar, Lawaypora, Sabzi Mandi Soura, Old Barzullah, Rambagh, Saderbal Kanitar Hazratbal, Rawalpora, Old Chanapora, Kralpora, Manchowa, Kadalbal Pampore, Safakadal, 90-feet Soura, Qazibagh Khanssahab Budgam, Shilwat Sumbal, Dangerpora, Sumbal, Safapora  and Ashijipora Anantnag. However, except injuries a woman and a person Marouf Ahmad from Sonwar at Safakadal,  there were no reports about any major injury to anyone in the clashes.  Hit by teargas shell, Marouf was shifted to hospital, reports said.  

Amid clashes in several parts, all shops and other commercial establishments were closed in Kashmir while public transport was off the roads and train service in Kashmir has also remained suspended by the railway authorities for today. Reports of the shutdown were received from Chenab valley in Jammu division.

Shops, business establishments and some private schools of Muslim community remained closed in Bhaderwah, Doda and Kishtwar. However, government schools, offices and banks functioned there, the reports added.

President Anjuman Islamia (AIB) Bhadarwah, Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh who had announced support for the shutdown call said they can’t remain mute to civilian killings in Kashmir.

The call for the shutdown was given by the JRL headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik.

The mayhem as has been described by people on both sides of the political spectrum started soon after government forces launched a cordon-and-search operation at Laroo village.

An encounter ensued between a joint team of forces and militants, leading to the killing of three Jaish-e-Mohammad cadres including Shahid Ahmad Tantary of Wangam Shopian, Zubair Ahmad Lone of Ahwatoo Kulgam and  Yazil Ahmad Makroo of Arwani Bijbehara.(GNS)

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