Shopian killings: Parts of Srinagar shut; mild stone pelting at several places

Shopian killings: Parts of Srinagar shut; mild stone pelting at several places
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As soon as the news about the civilian and militant killings spread in Srinagar, many areas in Downtown shut spontaneously in protest.
Reports reaching Kashmir Reader said that youths came out on roads and blocked roads at many places including Gojwara, Hawal, Eidgah, Saida Kadal and other places.
Local sources said that at many places youths engaged government forces in ding-dong battles. However, they said, the government forces responded with restraint.
Reports of mild stone pelting reached from Eidgah, Saida Kadal, Hawal and Gojwara areas of the city.
Pertinently, three gunfights erupted between government forces and militants at three places in southern Kashmir’s Shopian and Islamabad district during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.
Latest reports said that eight militants and two civilians have been killed so far. However, Kashmir Reader could not immediately confirm the reports from official sources.
As reported earlier, at least 50 civilians sustained injuries in clashes with government forces at the gunfight sites.
Medical Superintendent (MS) district hospital Shopian, Dr. Shafat told Kashmir Reader that they received at least 50 injured and referred 20 of them to Srinagar hospitals for advanced treatment.
“We are unable to maintain the record of the injured because of the heavy rush,” Dr. Shafat said.
Intense clashes between protesters and government forces were going on near gunfight sites at both the places.
Hundreds of protesters at both the places pelted rocks on forces to disrupt the anti-militant operations.
The forces used tear gas shells, pellets and bullets to disperse the protesters.
Meanwhile, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik have called for shutdown today and on Monday against the killings.