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Authorities lift three-day long curfew from Shopian

PTI  Srinagar, September 11, 2013
First Published: 15:24 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 17:20 IST(11/9/2013)

The three-day long curfew in Shopian township of Jammu and Kashmir, where four persons were killed in CRPF firing on Saturday, was lifted today by the authorities.

The curfew, which was imposed in the south Kashmir town following widespread clashes between law enforcing agencies and agitated residents after the killings, has been lifted this morning, a police spokesman said.


However, a spontaneous strike was observed in the town, 52 kms from here, with all shops and business establishments closed and transport off the roads.

Fresh clashes were also reported between the protesters and the security forces but there was no report of any casualty, the officials said.
A cyclist riding past policemen in front of closed shops during a strike in Srinagar on Sunday. Syeed Ali Shah Geelani called for a general strike to protest the killings of four persons in Shopian in Kashmir on Saturday. AFP Photo

They said local residents staged protests at various places demanding arrest of the CRPF personnel involved in the "cold-blooded" murder of local youth and removal of their camp from Gagran - the scene of Saturday's shooting.

While CRPF claimed that the four men were killed in retaliatory action after they attacked the personnel outside Gagran camp, the locals contested the statement claiming that the deceased were civilians and were killed in "unprovoked firing".

Police investigations revealed that three of the slain youth had no militant link but identified the fourth deceased as Pakistani militant Abdullah Haroon.

A pistol and two grenades along with a mobile phone used by Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) were recovered from the possession of the slain militant.

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