Aripanthan shuts to commemorate anniversary

Aripanthan shuts to commemorate anniversary
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Four people were killed and several injured in forces firing on Aug 16, 2016

Budgam: A shutdown was observed in Aripanthan and adjoining villages on Thursday to remember the four civilians killed in firing by government forces two years ago.
Muhammad Ashraf Wani, a businessman; Manzoor Ahmad Lone, a farmer; Javid Ahmad Najar, a carpenter and Javid Ahmad Sheikh, a hairdresser were shot dead by forces on August 16, 2016, while several others were injured, as a public uprising was going on in Kashmir following the July 8 killing of Burhan Wani. All shops, schools and other commercial establishments were closed in the entire area. However, traffic was plying smoothly throughout the day.
Hundreds of people were seen visiting the families of the deceased persons to offer condolence and prayers. Witnesses said that dozens of people assembled near the “check post” in the morning and distributed water to commuters and passerbys.
Banners commemorating the slain were also hung in the town. No resistance group had called for a shutdown.