Day 4: Kashmir mourns Shopian killings, march foiled

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Srinagar, April 03 (KNB): The people of Kashmir on Wednesday for fourth consecutive day observed a shutdown in parts of Valley against the killing of five civilians and thirteen militants at the hands of government forces on Sunday. Though there was not any call of strike by any resistance group, however, due to deployment to forces in old city a shutdown was observed. Reports of imposing restriction were received from several places in South and Central Kashmir including in Kangan where from a youth Gowher Ahmad succumbs to his injuries on Tuesday.

The Resistance Leadership (JRL) leaders and activists including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Advocate Yasir Dalal tries to proceed towards Shopian as per the program of JRL, however, they were not allowed by police to move further. Several leaders and activists including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Zaffer Akbar Bhat, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Hakeem Abdul Rashid and other were earlier detained by the police in view of the Shopian march.

To maintain law and order the authorities place strict restriction in parts of Srinagar, Ganderbal and South Kashmir. Except few minor incidents of stone pelting the life remained normal.

Pertinently, as many as 13 local militants, 4 civilians and 3 Army personnel were killed on Sunday in different encounters in south Kashmir areas of Shopian and Anantnag. The mayhem triggered protests in many parts of the Valley resulting injuries to hundreds of people in clashes between protestors and government forces. (KNB)