Chenab valley shut over Kashmir killings

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To show resentment over the killings of civilians in Kashmir Valley, a complete bandh was observed in whole Bhaderwah town today. The shops and other business establishments of particular community remained closed in Bhadarwah and attendance of students in schools and college remained thin.
Youth of the area held a protest at historical Jamia Masjid Chowk of Bhaderwah against the civilian killings in Kashmir. The bandh call was given by Anjuman Islamia Bhaderwah.
“The atrocities against civilians by the security forces is increasing with each passing day. It seems that the Coalition Government is on a killing spree and Mehbooba Mufi is sprinkling salt on the wounds by shedding crocodile tears,” said Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah President Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh. “To show solidarity with the suffering Kashmiri brotherns and to lodge our strong protest against the pathetic attitude of Sangh control government and inhuman acts of security forces,we have called for a peaceful Bandh,” he added. Abdul Hafeez Khateeb President Bhaderwah Development Forum talking to media expressed her heartfelt condolences to the families, who lost their dear ones in the firing in Kashmir valley . He said that such incidents are uncalled for and security forces must observe restrain while dealing with civilians in such a situation.Reports also said similar protest and strike was also observed in other parts of erstwhile Chenab valley which included Doda , Kishtwar , Banihal , Thatri , Chatroo and Bhalessa .While addressing the gathering at Kishtwar, Farooq Ahmed Kichloo Imam Jamia Masjid ,Kishtwar said, “the government forces were using lethal weapons against the innocent civilians and killing them in a planned manner. He termed the killings of Kashmiris as genocide and described it as an ethnic cleansing of a particular community.”Thousands of people were injured in open brutality from armed forces among which hundreds of people turned blind while hundreds of them became disabled with lifelong injuries,” he said and called for an end to use of lethal weapons like pellet guns on the unarmed protesters.He said that people of whole Chenab valley including Kishtwar district are “with the on-going Kashmir movement”. “The people will continue its support to on-going freedom struggle in Jammu and Kashmir.”He urged people to remain united and asked them “to fight and raise their voices against the oppression and continues occupation in Jammu and Kashmir”.Ruing the silence of international community silence over the killings of innocent people in Kashmir, he termed it as “a shameful act” while asking the international organizations to play its role in “bringing an end to miseries and sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are being killed since years together as a result of which over 1 Lakh people have lost their lives”.
However ,authorities have made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that shutdown passes of peacefully. It is worthwhile to mention here that even as Doda, Banihal and Kishtwar observed partial to complete shutdown in view of Kashmir turmoil, the state administration, on Friday morning, suspended mobile internet services in all the 10 districts of Jammu region.The services were earlier suspended on July 9 following the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani and restored on July 25.

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