Parts of Budgam shut mourning last year’s civilian killings

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Budgam district in central Kashmir is observing a shutdown mourning the civilian killings on this day last year when Srinagar-Budgam parliamentary constituency went for polls.
All the shops and business establishments are closed in Beerwah, Chadoora, Charar-e-Sharief, Pakherpora, Dalwan and Rathsuna in – the native areas of slain civilians, while public transport is off the roads.
The district administration had on Sunday ordered the closure of all colleges and higher secondary schools in these areas.
Nine civilians were killed in government forces’ action last year this day. While eight civilians were killed during the protests in Budgam areas, another civilian was shot by the government forces in Barsoo village of Ganderbal district.
The Srinagar parliamentary seat that was won by National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah recorded only 7.1 percent polling, a record low in the history of Kashmir Parliamentary elections.