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Hajin shuts against murder of man; hundreds protest

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Srinagar, May 26: Amid shutdown, a protest rally was taken out in Hajin town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Saturday against the brutal killing of a civilian, Yaqoob Ahmad Wagay (38).

While joint separatist leadership remained mute, hundreds of protesters, including relatives of the slain civilian, took out a protest march from Prang village towards Police Station Hajin where they held a sit-in to demand punishment for his killers.

Shops and other business establishments remained closed in Hajin town and adjoining villages of Naidkai, Madwan, Prang, Shahgund, Vijpora, Markundal and Sumbal.

Wagay, according to his family, was killed inside his house on Thursday night by five gunmen.

“Two of the masked gunmen slit his throat with knives while three others gagged his wife and seven-year-old son after violently waking them up,” the family members said.

While the police blamed militants, an audio purportedly released by the militants on social media condemned the killing, claiming that it was the handiwork of “Indian agencies to create rift between public and the militants.”

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