Fresh violence kills 1 in police firing in JK

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Jammu, Sep 6: One person was killed in police firing in fresh violence in Jammu Kashmir regarding the Amarnath Land Row on Saturday, Sep 6. Markets, educational institutions and semi-government establishments remained closed and attendance in government offices were thin during the strike called by separatist coordination committee. Transport system, works in banks and courts were also paralysed due to the strike. Protests were also held on Friday, Sep 5 in Kashmir valley after authorities put separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik under house arrest fearing law and order problems.

Geelani and the Mirwaiz were arrested Aug 24, while Malik was detained Aug 25 to prevent their participation in the proposed separatist march to city centre Lal Chowk on Aug 25. They had been released on the eve of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan that began on Tuesday.

A total shutdown was observed in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla. The separatist coordination committee had called for peaceful symbolic protests on Friday, Sep 5 to be followed by Saturday's shutdown across the valley.

"Today's shutdown call is against the agreement over the forest land between the Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti and the government, which we have already rejected," separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani said.

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