Day 5: Shutdown continues in Shopian, Pulwama areas
Srinagar, Jan 29: A complete spontaneous strike was observed in twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir on fifth consecutive day against the civilian killings. All the shops and commercial establishments were closed in the district while as transport was also off the roads. While from last two days shutdown is against the killings of two civilian teenagers, for previous three days it was against the killing of civilian 17-year-old Shakir Mir and injuring scores others including two teenage girls near encounter site at Chaigund Audoo village in Shopian. The killings sparked off anti-India protests in the twin district. Meanwhile, hundreds of people thronged the residents of slain civilians to express solidarity and sympathy with their families. Massive clashes between angry youth and government forces erupted at Pulwama, Rajpora, Kellar and today. According to reports, the youths resorted to stone-pelting on forces deployed in these areas and the forces retaliated by lobbing teargas shells. A police officer, however, said that the situation throughout the day remained under control. Mobile Internet services continue to remain blocked for the sixth straight day in the twin districts while as the railway service remained suspended for second consecutive day today. (GNS) Meanwhile, Joint Hurriyat Leadership (JRL) on Monday staged a protest in Srinagar against the killing of the two Shopian civilians. Scores of leaders and activists staged a protest in Abi Guzar area of Srinagar and protested against the killings. The protesters rued the silence of the UN over the civilian killings in Kashmir. Javed Ahmad Bhat and Suhail Javid Lone were killed after army opened fire on protesters in Ganowpora village on Saturday.