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Normal life disrupted due to strike in Kashmir's Shopian

PTI  Srinagar, May 30, 2014
First Published: 16:37 IST(30/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:39 IST(30/5/2014)

 
Normal life was disrupted in south Kashmir's Shopian town due to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on the fifth anniversary of Shopian rape and murder case.

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Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps in the town, 52 kms from here, were closed while public transport was off the roads, official sources said here.

Geelani had called a shutdown in the district and appealed people to hold prayer meetings in mosques for peace to the souls of the victims -- Asiya and Nelofar -- whose death had sparked valley wide protests after allegations of rape and murder of the two women by security forces surfaced in 2009.

Geelani, in a statement, said the incident was a "serious attack against the collective conscience" of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Asiya (17) and her sister-in-law Neelofar (22) were allegedly raped and killed in Shopian during the intervening night of May 29-30 in 2009.


 

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