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Kashmir shuts again

Srinagar, June 26, 2010:

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A paramilitary trooper stands guard in a desterted street in Srinagar during a shutdown
Life in main cities and town of Indian administered Kashmir was paralysed by a separatist sponsored strike called to protest the killing of two youth in police firing in Sopore town Friday.

Saturday’s shutdown – the fourth in the week – was called by both the moderate and hardline factions of separatist alliance All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

Two civilians were killed and ten others injured Friday evening when paramilitary CRPF personnel fired on protesters who attacked them with stones and set ablaze their vehicle in Krankshivan locality of Sopore.

Earlier Indian troops and paramilitary killed two suspected guerillas in the town during a gunfight.

A large number of people gathered at the spot as the gunfight concluded and started raising anti-India slogans.

“Our contingent was coming out from the locality after concluding a gunfight with militants. Suddenly a mob came pelting stones and demonstrating. They set ablaze our vehicle. Our men fired in self- defence, due to which I have heard three civilians were injured,” said Prabhakar Triphati, CRPF spokesman in Srinagar.

Authorities imposed a curfew in the town to prevent further escalations.

On Sunday CRPF men killed a youth in Srinagar when they fired upon the funeral procession of another youth killed during earlier protests.

Saturday’s killings took the toll of civilian killings in police action on protesters to five since June 11.

Masrat Alam
Masrat Alam announced a protest program from an undisclosed location
The killings have crippled the region with strikes and protests in the last two weeks.

Police has cracked down on most separatists, and rounded up more than 100 youth on allegations of stone pelting on security forces.

The hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been booked under infamous Public Safety Act (PSA).

Meanwhile, separatist leader Masarat Alam announced a protest program ‘Quit India Campaign’ on Thursday from an undisclosed location in Srinagar.

The programme includes protests on internet social networking sites along with street protests.

“People should register their protest against the occupation by writing ‘Go India, Go Back’ on walls, boards, placards, roads, social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and Gmail Buzz,” said Alam.

“The internet will help us to put our message across the globe. They would come to know that people of Kashmir want total vacation of Indian troops from Jammu and Kashmir.”

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