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Shutdown, restrictions disrupts normal life in Kashmir

Sunday being holiday, the strike called by the separatists to protest the killing of two youth in Army firing in Shopian district, and restrictions imposed by the authorities in parts of Srinagar, disrupted normal life today.

Shops and business establishments remained closed in most parts of Kashmir while public transport was off roads due to the strike. Private vehicles however were plying normally.

Two youth were killed and several others were injured when Army troops opened fire on a stone-pelting mob at Ganovpora in Shopian district yesterday.

While local residents alleged that the Army opened fire on the slightest provocation, a defence spokesman said several personnel were injured in stone-pelting following which soldiers opened fire in “self-defence”.

While the separatist trio – Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik — had called for strike today to protest against the killings of civilians in Shopian, the authorities had imposed restrictions on the movement of people in Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and M R Gunj police station areas of the city as a “preventive measure to maintain law and order”.

Officials said parts of police station Maisuma and Kralkhud were also placed under restrictions.

Mobile Internet services were shut down in Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam and Shopian districts of south Kashmir while the speed has been reduced to 128 kbps in rest of the Valley.

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