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Separatists’ bandh hits lives in Valley

| | Srinagar | in Sunday Pioneer

Normal life came to a grinding halt in Kashmir Valley on Saturday following separatist groups’ call for shutdown against civilian killings and traders’ opposition to implementation of GST.

Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained shut and public transport was off the roads. The authorities napped mobile internet, halted train service and postponed Kashmir University exams while heavy deployments of police and paramilitary forces were made in sensitive areas.

The situation remained tense in south Kashmir region where 11 people, including 6 policemen, three terrorists and two civilians were killed in two separate violent incidents in Anantnag district on Friday.

Bodies of three LeT terrorists were retrieved from the debris of three residential houses, which were destroyed during a prolonged gunfight at Arwani village. During the gunfight, a top-ranking commander of LeT, Junaid Mattoo, along with his two associates Nasir Wani of Heff village and Adil Mushtaq Mir of Pampore were killed. Thousands of people took part in the funeral of slain terrorists as police handed over the bodies to their relatives. At least ten terrorists appeared at the funeral of Wani and Mattoo to offer gun salute.

Meanwhile, police held separate wreath laying ceremonies to pay tributes to six policemen, who were killed in a deadly militant strike.

 
 
 

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