Shutdown continues in south Kashmir
Anantnag, Mar 06: Shutdown continued for the second consecutive day on Tuesday across south Kashmir districts to mourn the Shopian killings.
Shops, business establishments, government and private offices remains closed in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama district headquarters, while the public transport also remained off the roads.
On Sunday evening four civilians and two militants were killed in Army firing at Pahnoo village in Shopian district.
While the locals say the civilians were killed in cold-blood, Army said they retaliated after their vehicle was fired at by the militants.
An official said that three civilians were accompanying a militant who fired at them from a car when they were signalled to stop at a checkpoint. Bodies of fourth civilian and another militant were found later.
Meanwhile, high-speed mobile Internet services remained off for the third consecutive day in south Kashmir; however, low speed Internet was restored in Anantnag district late Monday evening.
Meanwhile hundreds of villagers in Pinjoora and Pahnoo hamlet of Shopian staged massive protests. The villagers assembled outside the house of slain youth, Suhail Khaleel Wagay of Pinjoora, who was killed in army firing on Sunday, and held a protest demonstration.
They were demanding removal of the army camp located in the area.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted between protestors and government forces near DC office in the district. Scores of youth took to streets and clashed with the forces deployed in the area. Forces in response lobbed tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesting youth.