Kashmir observes shutdown over army firing in Shopian; separatist leaders detained

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Mirwaiz while addressing mediaperson outside his residence after defying house arrest said under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives unbridled powers to forces, "the entire valley has been witnessing repeated mayhem and massacres in which people including teenaged children and women become targets".

The investigations into the January 27 incident against an Army Major was stopped by the Supreme Court on Monday.So far, no family member of the four deceased, whom the locals and the family members described as "civilians", have come forward to register their statements with the police.

The police had claimed that the security forces were fired upon from a vehicle leading them to retaliate in which a militant and three individuals who were accompanying the militant in the vehicle also succumbed to their injuries.

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Authorities foiled the Shopian Chalo programme called by the Joint Resistance Leadership by clamping restrictions in Srinagar's old city and more strictly in south Kashmir's Shopian district.

Normal life was affected in Kashmir on Wednesday due to the strike called by separatists against the recent killing of civilians and shifting of political prisoners from the Valley to outside jails.

Army branded the slain civilians as over ground workers (OGWs).

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"Instead, the so-called head of the state Mehbooba Mufti should make a speech in the assembly and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the parliament that Kashmiris should not expect any sort of justice from the legal system in place and that for them, doors of justice stand closed", Hurriyat leader said.

Police issued an advisory seeking cooperation from the people to maintain "order and peace" in wake of the protest march towards Shopian.

An official said that the Srinagar Banihal train services will remain suspended today for security reasons. Muhammad Yasin Malik is already lodged in Srinagar central jail.

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