Jammu Kashmir completely shuts down after killings

A police officer said unidentified militants opened fire at special police officer Turag Singh near Khanbal Anantnag injuring him critically
A police officer said unidentified militants opened fire at special police officer Turag Singh near Khanbal Anantnag injuring him critically
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04 April, 2018

The government regularly reviews the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir and in order to prevent activities of militants, numerous steps have been taken including strengthening of operational grid with enhanced human intelligence and use of technical intelligence grid.

Despite the suspension of classes, anti-India protests erupted at the University of Kashmir, where many students gathered in the main campus in Srinagar and shouted slogans such as "Go India, go back" and demanded an end of Indian rule over the region.

They later opened fire.

Reports of clashes were received from the Gol Chowk, Memendar, Bunbazar and in the vicinity of the local MLA's residence in Shopian, and also from Beerwah in Budgam, Newa in Pulwama and Nawab Bazar in Srinagar.

Ultimately, Indian Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt told The New York Times the operation was a success: "It is a special day for our forces", he said.

At least 20 people are dead and 200 injured in Indian-administered Kashmir after fierce clashes between rebels and government forces on Sunday.

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the death of two civilians during security operations in south Kashmir.

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have been killed in separatist violence since the late 1980s.

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The strike call had been issued by Farooq Ahmad, the imam of the Jamia Masjid in Kishtwar, against the killings of four civilians in forces' action in Shopian district on Sunday.

Foreign Office spokesman Dr Faisal had said that "this mindless killing spree had exposed, yet again, the ugly, inhuman face of the state-terrorism that India had been perpetrating against the Kashmiris for decades".

Train services between Baramulla and Bannihal towns have also been.

An FIR into the incident has been registered and investigation into the matter set into motion, the police said.

The police detained a large group of Kashmiri traders in Srinagar as they began marching on the summer headquarters of the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in Srinagar from the City centre to protest against the civilian killings.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, which in recent years has seen renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests against Indian rule.

Many traders were also detained by police.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their partition and independence from Britain in 1947. Rebels are demanding the region be made part of Pakistan or become an independent country. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.


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