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JRL calls for 3-day strike, march to BB Cant Monday

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Srinagar, Dec 15: Separatists on Saturday called for a three-day strike against killing of seven civilians in government forces’ action during an encounter in Pulwama district.

The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, also asked people to march to the headquarters of the Army’s Chinar Corps at Badamibagh here on Monday.

“#PulwamaMassacre, Bullets and pellets rain! As Govt of India has decided to kill Kashmiri’s through its #ArmedForces who control us, JRL and people will march towards Badami Bagh Army cantonment on Monday 17 Dec to ask GOI to kill all of us at one time rather than killing us daily (sic),” the Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, he said, “From today onwards for three days mourning and complete protest strike will be observed all across”.

Meanwhile, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday went into hiding to evade arrest ahead of proposed march to Badami Bagh army base.

“JKLF ailing chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has gone into hiding to evade arrest and will lead a protest rally towards Badami Bagh army cantonment on Monday against Pulwama carnage by Indian forces,” said a JKLF spokesman.

Spontaneous shutdown was observed Saturday in many areas of Srinagar and south Kashmir following the killing of civilians.

Shops in several areas were shut, while a protest demonstration was taken out in Nowhatta area of the city this afternoon. At many other places also including in Soura, groups of youth came on streets and enforced shutdown and blocked roads.

Condemning the killings of seven civilians in forces’ firing in Pulwama, Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhadarwah (AIB) on Saturday called for a shutdown in Chenab valley.

In a statement, AIB president Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh termed the killings as “most heinous and opening up of a bloody war against unarmed civilians” in Kashmir.

Sheikh urged the people to observe shutdown in solidarity with the separatist leadership and innocent people of Kashmir.

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