Complete Shutdown Observed In Indian Occupied Kashmir

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Condemning the killing of civilians in Shopian, PDP leader, and MLC Zaffar Iqbal Manhas has said such recurrent incidents should force the powers-that-be to do some soul-searching and face the reality that Jammu & Kashmir is an issue which calls for a solution to prevent further loss of lives. "The police FIRs don't work [against Army]" he said.

"The brutal killing of young Javed Ahmad Bhat and Suhail Ahmad Lone has proved it beyond doubt that New Delhi is in no mood of adopting a resolution process", the party said.

State police have registered a formal complaint against the army, which is controlled by the federal government, over the incident and ordered a probe. "They tried to set the vehicle on fire", read the statement. "A junior commissioned officer accompanying the convoy got hit on the head and fell unconscious suffering serious injury". It said seven soldiers were injured and said protesters also tried to lynch an officer.

Some villagers reportedly said that the army opened fire after an altercation over the security personnel's attempt to remove posters of a slain terrorist in the village. Security personnel said the shooting was an act of "self-defence" after the Indian Army's convoys came under attack.

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Sitharaman told the chief minister that she would seek a detailed report in connection with the incident, he added. "Considering the extreme gravity of the situation the army was constrained to open fire in self defence to prevent lynching of the JCO and burning of Government vehicle by the mob". Another youth, who sustained bullet injuries, is struggling for his life at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.

"The crowd surrounded an isolated portion of the convoy consisting of four vehicles", said the ministry's spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah also expressed his anguish over the civilian deaths.

Restrictions on movement were imposed in some sensitive areas of Srinagar. The south Kashmir areas were without mobile internet for the past three days.

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