Two civilians killed as security forces fire at protesters in Shopian

The Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) has called for a Kashmir wide shutdown on Sunday in protest against the civilian killings.

Shopian: Two students were killed and several others injured on Saturday when Indian army men opened fire on the protesters. The slain youths were identified as Javaid Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Rasheed Bhat, an undergraduate student, and Suhail Javid Lone, son of Javid Ahmad Lone, a Class 12 student.
According to locals, Army opened fire indiscriminately on the civilians who were protesting for the removal of banners and flags around the graveyard where two militants were buried on Thursday.

The army in a statement, however, said they were “constrained to open fire in self-defense to prevent the lynching of the JCO and burning of government vehicle by the mob”.
It said an army convoy was passing through Ganowpora chowk in Shopian and it came under “unprovoked and intense stone pelting by a group of 100-120 stone pelters”. “Within no time, their numbers swelled to 200-250 persons. The crowd surrounded an isolated portion of the convoy consisting of four vehicles. They caused extensive damage to these vehicles and tried to set them on fire. A junior commissioned officer accompanying the convoy got hit on the head and fell unconscious suffering serious injury. The mob tried to lynch the individual and snatch his weapon,” it said, adding, “A total of seven army men suffered injuries and extensive damage was caused to eleven vehicles. In the process, two civilians succumbed to the bullet injuries.
The Joint Resistance leadership (JRL)  comprised of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik called for a Kashmir-wide shutdown on Sunday in protest against the civilian killings.

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