SRINAGAR: Authorities have imposed a curfew in some parts of Indian-held Kashmir amid a general strike called by Hurriyat leaders to protest the killing of a teenage boy and a young woman during a protest against Indian rule.
Call for the strike has been given by the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman (G), Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik and High Court Bar Association. Other Hurriyet leaders Aasiya Andrabi, Zafar Akbar Butt and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza supported the call.
The civilians, 19-year-old Danish Farooq and 22-year-old Shaista Hameed were killed in firing by Indian Army and police on protesters in Pulwama, yesterday. They were protesting against the killing of a youth by Indian troops at Kakapora in the district, the same day.
As a result of the strike and curfew, shops, businesses and some government offices were closed Monday and public transport stayed off the roads in the disputed Himalayan region. University examinations were postponed and train services were also suspended.
Hundreds of troops patrolled the old part of Srinagar, the regions main city, and some other towns, warning residents to stay indoors.
There are reports about massive protests and clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Sopore and Pulwama districts.
Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Hilal Ahmad War and Ayaz Akbar have been placed under house arrest.
Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Kashmiri youth, Aadil Wagay at Banderpora in Pulwama, today. Pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans and were raised and Pakistani flags were hoisted on the occasion. Hurriyet leader Firdous Ahmad Shah and activists Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, Salvation Movement and Muslim League also participated in funeral of the martyr.
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan since British colonialists left the subcontinent in 1947. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over its control.
Some activists have been fighting for Kashmir‘s independence from India or its merger with Pakistan since 1989. More than 65,000 people have been killed.
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