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Killing of scholar-turned-militant, aide: Valley observes shutdown

Srinagar, Oct 25: Kashmir Thursday observed a shutdown protesting the killing of a scholar-turned-militant and his aide in an encounter in Srinagar.

The Joint Hurriyat headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik called for the valley-wide shut down against the killings of Sabzar Sofi, a Ph.D scholar who joined militancy in 2016 and his associate Asif Shergojri, in a gunfight in Nowgam on Wednesday.

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained shut in the city and other district headquarters of the valley and only private transport was seen in the uptown areas here.

Rail service between north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Banihal town of Jammu region was also suspended.

Heavy deployments of forces were made in the old city areas and other sensitive places in the valley.

Geelani and Mirwaiz remained under house arrest for the third day while Malik continued in preventive custody to prevent their participation in the protests.