JRL calls for three-day shutdown, Mobile Internet suspended across Valley

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Saturday called for a three-day shutdown and mourning in Kashmir against the killings of seven civilians and three militants in southern Pulwama district.

“From today onwards for three days mourning and complete protest strike will be observed all across,” said the Mirwaiz on Twitter.

“Bullets and pellets rain! As Govt of India has decided to kill Kashmiri’s through its #ArmedForces who control us,JRL and people will march towards Badami Bagh Army cantonment on Monday 17 Dec to ask GOI to kill all of us at one time rather than killing us daily,” he said, in another tweet.

Three militants and an army soldier were killed in a gunfight in Kharpora Sarnooi village, while seven civilians died after the forces opened fire on protesters in subsequent clashes.

Authorities on Saturday suspended the mobile Internet service in Srinagar and south Kashmir districts of Pulwama and Shopian while the speed was throttled to 2G in Budgam district.

An official said the service was barred in view of protests and shutdown called by the separatists over civilian and militant killings.

Seven civilians were killed after forces opened fire on protesters near the site of a gunfight in Kharpora Sarnoo village of Pulwama district today morning. Three militants and a soldier were killed in the gunfight.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday condemned the killings of seven civilians in forces’ action in southern Pulwama district.

In a series of tweets, Omar Abdullah hit out the governor administration, saying it has failed to focus on the security of the people.

“The administration of Governor Malik has one task & one task only – to focus on the security of the people of J&K & restore peace to a troubled valley. Sadly it appears that’s the only thing the administration is not doing. Publicity campaigns & full page ads don’t bring peace,” tweeted Abdullah.

In another tweet, Abdullah said it was a “horrible day”, saying that the protests around encounter sites had become a norm and that there was a need to handle them in a better way.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti while condemning the killings said that no probe could bring back the dead civilians.

She also criticised the governor administration for “failing to secure civilian lives.”

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