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Kashmir: Internet shut, restrictions in place as separatists protest civilian deaths in army fire

Separatists called for a Kashmir-wide strike after two youths were killed and several others were injured in army fire in Shopian on Saturday.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2018 11:28 IST
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Press Trust of India, Srinagar
Kashmir strike,Separatist protest,Army firing
A paramilitary trooper stands guard in Srinagar on January 25, 2018.(AFP Photo)

Authorities on Sunday imposed restrictions in Srinagar and shutdown internet services in four districts after separatists called for protests against the death of two civilians in army firing.

The Joint Resistance Leadership headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik called for a Kashmir Valley-wide strike.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in most parts of the Valley while public transport was off roads due to the strike, officials said.

They said, however, private cars were plying on most of the roads in the civil lines area of Srinagar.

Two youths were killed in Shopian district on Saturday after the army opened fire to disperse a stone-pelting mob.

Following the deaths, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti ordered an inquiry into the incident and spoke to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday and expressed anguish.

While local residents alleged that the Army opened fire on the slightest provocation, a defence spokesman said several jawans were injured in stone-pelting and vehicles were damaged extensively, prompting soldiers to open fire in self defence.

Meanwhile, authorities have imposed restrictions on the movement of people in Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and MR Gunj police station areas of the city as a preventive measure to maintain law and order, the officials said.

They said parts of police station Maisuma and Kralkhud have also been placed under restrictions.

Rail services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have also been suspended as a precautionary measure.

Mobile Internet services have been shut down in Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian districts of south Kashmir while the speed has been reduced to 128 kbps in rest of the Valley.

First Published: Jan 28, 2018 09:49 IST