Kashmir shuts down to protest Shopian encounters

SPO wounded in militant attack in south Kashmir

Security personnel were deployed in large numbers in the areas that were civilians were injured in the clashes on Sunday.

As the fighting raged, massive anti-India protests erupted in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir and at least four civilians were killed and dozens injured in the latest round of anti-India protests.

The foreign ministry said that Indian state-terrorism had been perpetrated against the Kashmiris for decades in an attempt to subjugate and repress them.

A complete shutdown was observed in Kishtwar district also against the killings in South Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid said bodies of seven militants, including two top commanders, one of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and another of Hizbul Mujahideen, were recovered from an encounter site in Shopian district's Dragad village.

Another youth was killed in a brief gunfight with forces at Dialgam in Islamabad district, he added.

Also on Monday, doctors and paramedics at the main hospital in Shopian held a sit-in protest against government forces for firing inside the hospital's premises Sunday night when many injured were being treated. "The fight is still on", the IGP said.

Police opened fire with live rounds and pellet guns on mourners attending the funerals of slain militants and on crowds who threw stones and chanted slogans against Indian rule.

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On Monday, the Indian chapter of rights group Amnesty International tweeted that Indian "security forces must refrain from using excessive force against protesters in Kashmir".

The occupation authorities also continued to suspend internet and train services besides ordering closure of schools and colleges in the Kashmir Valley to stop students from registering their protest against the bloodbath carried out by the troops.

Separatists had called for a shutdown on Monday, which affected the normal life. Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the freedom movement.

The bill was tabled by PTI MPA Dr Nosheen Hamid on Sunday, denouncing the Indian oppression of Kashmiris for the past 70 years, Express News reported.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said the state has been affected by terrorist violence that is sponsored and supported from across the border and levels of the violence in various districts of the Valley are linked to infiltrations. This raised the death toll in the ongoing massacre by the Indian troops in the occupied territory to 18.

The resolution highlighted the Indian forces' brutality against the innocent civilians in the form of military operations, pellet gun attacks and shelling.

"We have repeatedly pointed out that the Kashmiri youth is being deliberately and systematically targeted with a view to breaking the will of the Kashmiri people".

The foreign ministry said the courageous and resilient people of the Indian occupied Kashmir have demonstrated, again and again, that no amount of repression could deter them from pursuing the inalienable right to self-determination.

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