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Indian-controlled Kashmir shuts to protest civilian killing

English.news.cn   2014-06-24 16:36:48

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Muslim majority areas in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday observed a complete shutdown to protest the killing of a teenager in firing on protesters, officials said.

The call was given by separatist groups against the killing of a teenager in Monday's firing on protesters at Krank Shivan locality in Sopore town, about 54 km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

A teenager was killed and four others wounded Monday after Indian troops fired upon agitating residents, who according to police were protesting the killing of a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant commander in gunfight with Indian forces in the locality.

Shops, businesses, educational institutions and private offices remained closed in Srinagar city, the summer capital and other towns. The public transport also remained affected but private vehicles were seen plying on roads.

The strike also affected work in government offices, banks and post offices.The authorities have imposed curfew like restrictions in Sopore area to prevent protests over the killing.

Hundreds of police and paramilitary troopers in full riot gears carrying weapons were seen enforcing restrictions in Sopore.

The authorities have also placed senior separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest, fearing they would lead protests against the killing.

A police spokesman said situation was under control across the region."So far no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere," the spokesman said.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the psyche of residents across Indian-controlled Kashmir. Every time, a rights violation takes place, residents come on roads to show resistance.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

Militants are engaged in a guerrilla war with Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. The gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently across the region.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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