Complete shutdown in Baramulla, Sopore against killings

Hakim Rasheed’s arrest condemned

Sopore, Ihk—Normal life in Baramulla and Sopore came to a standstill as people observed shutdown against the killing of two youth during a siege and search operation in Sopore.
Two youth Altaf Ahmed Mir and Imtiyaz Ahmed Lone were martyred by troops at Bomai in Sopore on Friday.
Clashes were also reported between the protesting youth and India armed forces. All areas in Sopore observed complete shutdown while clashes were reported in Brath Kalan, the native village of Altaf.
The youth took to the streets and engaged forces in pitched battles throughout the day. Police responded with lathi-charge and tear-gas shelling. Clashes were also reported from Tujjar area of Sopore while youth also resorted to stone-pelting in main Chowk Sopore and Batpora area.
A complete shutdown was also observed in Wusan area, the native village of another martyr Imtiyaz.
Palhallan and Hyderbeigh areas of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district also observed complete strike against the killing. All commercial establishments remained closed for the day while traffic was off the roads. the Muslim Democratic League has strongly condemned the continued illegal detention of party President and Hurriyet leader, Hakim Abdul Rasheed at Srinagar Central Jail.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Democratic League spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said besides his unjustified arrest the authorities didn’t present him before a local court for hearing.
The spokesman, while demanding immediate release of ailing leader, Hakim Abdul Rasheed said, on humanitarian grounds political prisoners are being released in many parts of the world in view of the sacred month Ramazan, but in Kashmir the authorities have waged a war against the Kashmiris. —KMS

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