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Shutdown across Valley over killings

A shutdown called by Joint Resistance Leadership to protest the weekend killings in Kashmir evoked a near-total response on Tuesday, paralysing normal life across the valley and beyond.

Most commercial establishments, schools, colleges and other educational institutions shut for the third day running to protest 15 killings at the hands of government forces last weekend, including eight militants and six civilians one of whom injured earlier died Tuesday morning in a hospital.

The 17-year-old youth, Suhail Ahmed Bhat from Nagbal area of Shopian had received bullet injuries in his abdomen during protests and clashes on Sunday in southern Kashmir.As his body was brought to his native village residents took to the streets to protest Suhail’s killing.

Thousands later participated in the funeral of slain teenager amid sloganeering and tears.

In Srinagar, large areas of Downtown wore a deserted look except for the hundreds of police and paramilitary forces in riot gear patrolling streets in the densely populated areas, witnesses said.

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