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Kashmir bandh today: Separatists to protest killing of civilians

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    The Separatists have called for a strike in Kashmir on Monday against the recent civilians' killings allegedly in the security forces firing.

    Kashmir bandh today: Separatists to protest killing of civilians

    A 23-year-old man was allegedly killed in security forces firing on Sunday after a group of youth pelted stones on them while an encounter was on in Chedar Ban area of Qaimoh in Kulgam district of south Kashmir, police said.

    The JRL (Joint Resistance Leadership), comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, has called for a complete shutdown, a JRL spokesman said in a statement.

    The spokesman said the separatist trio have expressed serious concern over the re-starting of operation all-out and cordon and search operation (CASO)" in Kashmir ... especially in south Kashmir which has resulted in the killing of four innocent civilians.

    Security forces have been carrying out operations to sanitise the Jammu-Srinagar national highway ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, beginning June 28, another senior police official said.

    Two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists, including its self-styled divisional commander Shakoor Ahmed Dar, were killed on Sunday in an encounter with security forces, while another militant surrendered, in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

    This is the third major encounter along the national highway. Three militants of Jaish were gunned down in Tral on June 20, four of IS-JK, an affiliate of the banned ISIS terror group, including its chief Dawood Sofi, were killed on June 22.

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