Published On: Tue, Feb 16th, 2016
Published in Category: District News

Complete shutdown observed in IOK

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Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown, marked by curfew and restrictions, was observed in occupied Kashmir, on Monday, to protest against the killing of civilians including a woman by Indian troops in Pulwama district.

Call for the strike was given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman (G), Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik and High Court Bar Association. Other Hurriyet leaders Aasiya Andrabi, Zafar Akbar Butt and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza supported the call.

The civilians, 19-year-old Danish Farooq and 22-year-old Shaista Hameed were killed in firing by Indian Army and police on protesters in Pulwama, yesterday. They were protesting against the killing of a youth by Indian troops at Kakapora in the district, the same day, reported.

There were reports about massive protests and clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Sopore and Pulwama districts.

Strict restrictions and curfew were imposed in several areas of Srinagar including Maisuma to prevent protests. Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Hilal Ahmad War and Ayaz Akbar have been placed under house arrest.

Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Kashmiri youth, Aadil Wagay at Banderpora in Pulwama. The youth was martyred by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Kakapora area of Pulwama. Pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans and were raised and Pakistani flags were hoisted on the occasion. Hurriyet leader Firdous Ahmad Shah and activists Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, Salvation Movement and Muslim League also participated in funeral of the martyr.