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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Srinagar, September 15, 2013
As several towns of south Kashmir remained under curfew on Sunday, a separatists-backed shutdown paralysed life in other towns over the killing of five youth in the past eight days.
South Kashmir's Shopian and Kulgam districts --- four killed youth belong to these two districts --- were under curfew again on Sunday. Heavy security bandobast ensured that there are no major protests or assembly of people. Two more towns of south Kashmir also witnessed strict restriction on the movement of people and vehicles.

South Kashmir districts are tense every since four youths, including a militant, were killed on September 7. One protester was killed on September 11 when security forces opened fire to disperse a violent mob.

A magisterial inquiry has been announced into both incidents.

Senior Congress leader and minister for medical education, youth services and sports, Taj Mohi-u-Din, who visited the twin districts on Saturday, said, "It is totally wrong to claim that one among four youths killed in Shopian was a Bihari labourer. He was a Lashkar militant who was involved in a number of killings."

He said the police have sufficient proof against the militant. "We know that people are angry and are not willing to accept the facts but the reality is that one of youth was a Lashkar militant and not a Bihari labourer. Police have sufficient proof to prove this point," he added.

Taj said the three youth killed in the firing have no past militancy record. "But the fact is that they were killed because they were accompanying the militant. A probe has already been ordered and everything would be clear once the report is completed," he added.

Meanwhile, a shutdown call by hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani brought life to a standstill for the second consecutive day on Sunday. Most shops and business centres were closed and there was thin movement of traffic on the roads.

"I reject the magisterial inquiry into the Shopian massacre as a deceptive act, which is aimed at cooling down people's resentment. The AFSPA and Disturbed Area Act are legal licences for the forces to kill. (Chief minister) Omar Abdullah is also aware of the fact that nothing will come out of these investigations. Neither Abdullah can stop this nor can Mufti Syed or Saifuddin Soz are of any help," he said.