Shutdown, clashes across Kashmir against civilian killings

– Thousands attend multiple funerals of Hizb militant at Kulgam
Srinagar: Amid simmering tensions, Kashmir Valley on Wednesday observed a complete shutdown against killing of three civilians and one militant by Indian forces  at Chadoora area of Budgam district yesterday during which clashes and protests erupted across the vale while thousands attended multiple funerals of the insurgent at Kulgam district.
According to GNS correspondent, the complete strike was observed in all parts of the Kashmir against killing of three civilians identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Zahid Rashid and Saqib Ahmad and also against the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Tauseef Ahmad at Chadoora during 10-hour long firefight. The call for shutdown was given by joint resistance leadership.
While last rites of three civilians were held yesterday only, thousands of people today turned up for the funeral prayers of Tauseef at his ancestral Kanjkul village of Yaripora area of Kulgam district. Reports said several rounds of funerals for the slain were held due to presence of thousands of people. On the occasion, massive protests were held in favour of Islam and Azadi and also against upcoming elections.
Soon after the funeral, the slain was laid to rest amid sobs and tears. The burial followed by massive clashes at Kanjkul and Yaripora where youth resorted to heavy stone pelting on government forces. Scores of youth and eight cops including SHO Yaripora Athar Samad were injured in clashes at Yaripora. Several youths were also detained during clashes at Yaripora.
In Srinagar, a complete shutdown was observed since morning. All the shops, commercial outlets and educational institutes were closed. The public transport on the roads was off while private vehicles in less numbers were plying. The train service from Banihal to Baramulla was suspended owing to law and order problem in Budgam.
Stone-pelting clashes broke out at Rawalpora, Bagh-e-Mehtab, Zampa Kadal, Batamaloo, Habba Kadal, Safa Kadal, HMT, Parimpora and other areas of the city. The clashes were also reported from several old city areas including Rainawari. Police used teargas shells to disperse the protesters. One civilian was injured during clashes at Rawalpora and he was shifted to hospital.
Reports of shutdown were received from all parts of the Valley. Protests were also reported from parts of Budgam district while massive clashes raged at Baramulla Old Town and Palhallan hamlet. A protest was reported from Ajas area of Bandipora district.The joint resistance leadership has asked people to stage protests on Friday against the killings but the call for shutdown was only for today.
Militants attack police party in south Kashmir
Militants on Wednesday evening attacked a police party at Yaripora in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
Official sources told GNS news agency that militants opened fire upon a police party outside the police station Yaripora.
In the incident, no injury has been so far reported.
Soon after the attack, forces have launched searches in the area.(GNS)

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