Protests rock Kashmir after deadly shooting by Indian troops

Protests rock Kashmir after deadly shooting by Indian troops

The three civilians killed last night were identified as Suhail Ahmad Wagay (22) son Khalid Ahmad Wagay of Pinjora, Shahid Khan (19) son of Bashir Khan of Malikgund and ShahnawazWagay (22) son of Ali Mohammad of Moolu, Trenz. The army said they were "over-ground workers/accomplices" of militants but chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said the youths were civilians killed in crossfire.

On the night of March 4, security forces had killed a militant and three youths in a shootout after the mobile check post of the army was sacked upon. He said a weapon and a pouch were found near the militant's body and three OGWs were also "found dead".

"Three overground workers of the militant who were travelling with him were found dead".

"The varying accounts from the Chief Minister and the security forces on the incident are unfortunate and further perpetuate the sense of disenchantment, distrust and alienation", said former chief minister Omar Abdullah. The overnight killings have triggered a serious crisis across Kashmir.

Police, though, were careful not to use that term, calling them simply "young men" and saying they were investigating the incident.

He said police has reached the spot and started legal formalities.

They have waged war on innocent civilians, leaders said and blamed state administration for shielding and providing cover to assailants, added leadership.

Schools and other education institutes, which were to open on Monday after a two-month winter break, remained closed as a precautionary measure in the Valley.

Mobile Internet service was snapped in twin districts of Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir while high-speed service was suspended across the Valley.

Separatist groups demanding an end to Indian rule have called for a shutdown in Kashmir on Monday to protest what they described as civilian killings.

APHC leaders Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Muhammad Yasin Attaie, Syed Muhammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous Wani, Rafeeq Ahmed Owaisi, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Rameez Raja, Syed Imtiaz Haider, Devender Singh Behl, Imran Ahmed and Showkat Ahmed Khan led a protest in Srinagar against the Shopian killings.

Malik along with his supporters tried to march from his Maisuma residence towards LalChowk. He appealed to "the democratic forces in the rest of the country to pressurize the government so that the security forces are made accountable".

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