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"Kulgam Chalo" : Separatist backed stike across the Kashmir Valley

 2017-02-13 12:19:43.0

"Kulgam Chalo" : Separatist backed stike across the Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: The separatist leadership called for a Valley-wide strike for the deaths of the two civilians evoked a motley response. Chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference – Syed Ali Geelani adn Mirwaz Umar Farooq – and JKLF chief mohammad Yasin Malik had called for a complete shutdown on Monday and 'Kulgam Chalo' on 15 February to protest the civilian killings.

"Curfew has been imposed in entire Kulgam district and Shopian town to maintain law and order in the wake of the killings yesterday," a police official said.

However they movement of people was allowed on the Srinagar - Jammu national highway passing through Kashmir.

"There is no restriction on the movement off people anywhere else in the Valley but security forces have been deployed in sensitive areas to keep a tight vigil on anti-social elements," he said.

Yesterday one civilian died in the gun battle between militants and security personnel, and another was killed in the clashes aftermath, in Frisal area of Kulgam.

Four local militants and two army men were killed in the encounter that lasted several hours on Sunday.

Meanwhile , the strike called by the separatist groups to protest the civilian killings evoked a motley response today. Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut across Shrinagar, public as well as private transport vehicle were seen working in many ares, official said. Schools were closed due to the ongoing winter vacations, banks and government offices functioned normally.

The inter-district transport was also operational on many routes connecting various districts of the Valley to Srinagar. However, less public transport was visible in rural areas of the Valley, they said.


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