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Restrictions, shutdown continue in Shopian

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Srinagar, Mar 09: Authorities today imposed restrictions in south Kashmir’s Shopian district to prevent violent protests after the Friday prayers against the killing of six persons, including two militants, in a shootout with Army on March 03.

Sporadic protests have continued in the district since last Sunday when six persons were killed in a shootout involving Army and militants.

“Restrictions have been imposed in Shopian as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order,” a police official said.

He said the restrictions were imposed to curb any violent protests in view of large gatherings that assemble for Friday congregational prayers.

While the Army has claimed that the youth killed during last Sunday’s shootout in Shopian’s Pahnoo area were militants and their overground workers, the police on the other hand said they are investigating the incident, even as locals maintain that four of the slain youth were civilians and not OGWs as claimed by the Army.

Meanwhile, shutdown continued for the fifth successive day in the district against civilian killings.

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