Shopian shuts again for removal of army camp

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/13/2018 12:14:30 PM

ANANTNAG, Mar 12: A complete shutdown was observed in Shopian for seventh running day over the killing of civilians by the army last Sunday and to pressurise the government to remove the army camp. All the shop, other business offices and private offices remained shut in the district on Monday while traffic was off the roads.
Four civilians, including a college student and a research scholar were killed by the army after militants fired on their vehicle. Army had later claimed that the civilians killed were OGWs and were accompanying the militants who fired at them from a car.
Locals, however, said that the civilians were killed in cold blood after exchange of fire between militants and army. The killings triggered a complete shutdown across south Kashmir for three days where as Shopian remained shut in protest for five direct days. On Saturday though the town had resumed business but from last two days, local sources said, the youth have been enforcing shutdown in the town, demanding removal of camp from Pahnoo village responsible for killing of civilians.
Local sources said that as the shopkeepers started opening their shops this morning, scores of youth appeared in the market and threw stones forcing the shopkeepers to down the shutters again. A local wishing anonymity said that people mostly youth are demanding the removal of the camp set up in 2016.



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