August 2016 News

Shutdown, Protests In Chenab Valley Against Kashmir Killings

5 August 2016
Rising Kashmir


Jammu: The three districts of Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban in Chenab Valley Friday observed complete shutdown and people held protests to protest against the civilian killings by forces in Kashmir. The bandh was observed in Kishtwar and Doda including Bhaderwah, Banihal and Thathri towns. All shops and business establishments in the three districts remained closed. In Doda, the shutdown call was given by Markazi Seerat Committee Doda and Masjid Committee Thathri. In Banihal area, people took out a protest march against civilian killings in Kashmir. Chanting pro-freedom, pro-Islamic, pro-Burhan slogans, the protestors were demanding an end to civilian killing sin Kashmir. People in Rajouri also staged pro-Burhan and pro-Azadi demonstration to protest civilian killings in Kashmir. At Gujjar Mandi, Rajouri the policemen fired tear smoke shells on the protestors who were chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. At least a dozen people suffered minor injuries in the clashes. At Doda and Kishtwar, protest rallies were held yesterday with the agitators demanding that the state and Government of India (GoI) hold talks with stakeholders without any delay. 'Kashmir is not a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. Unless Kashmiri people are taken on board, there is no fun of holding any talks,' said senior National Conference leader and former home minister Khalid Najeeb Suharawardy. 'If government is really serious about resolving Kashmir issue then they should immediately start talks involving Huriyat Conference,' said Suharawardy. Meanwhile, mobile Internet services were today suspended in Jammu region for the second time in less than a month as a precautionary measure in view of the unrest in the valley. 'Mobile Internet services have been suspended for a few days in Jammu region as a precautionary measure,' Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Pawan Kotwal said. Authorities decided to snap the services across all 10 districts of the Jammu division. The decision to suspend the mobile Internet services was taken due to the turmoil in Valley where 56 people have been killed, and nearly 6000 others injured in street protests. The services were earlier suspended on July 10 following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and restored on July 25.

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