Kashmir shuts down in protest over Kulgam killings

Kashmir shuts down in protest over Kulgam killings
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Srinagar: Life across the Valley has come to a grinding halt in wake of the shutdown called by joint resistance leadership against the “carnage” in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, where six civilians were killed after government forces killed three militants in a gunfight.

Here in Srinagar, all shops, educational institutions, banks and fuel stations remained closed in response to the shutdown called by JRL, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. The strike also witnessed thin flow of traffic on the otherwise busy roads of this capital city.

In Srinagar’s Old City, restrictions were clamped to foil any protests against the Kulgam killings. In Nowhatta, Rajouri Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Maharaj Gunj, Gojwara, Khanyar, Safa Kadal and other areas of the Old City, government forces were keeping a tight vigil to keep protesters at bay, witnesses said. At many places, forces have laid razor wire to restrict movement of people.

Meanwhile, reports of a complete shutdown have also been received from other major towns of north, south and central Kashmir.

On Sunday, six civilians were killed in Laroo village in a blast caused by explosives left at the site of an encounter in which government forces killed three local militants. More than 20 civilians were wounded, five of them with bullets and the rest with pellets, as government forces opened fire at protestors near the encounter site.