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On the very first day of the holy month of Ramazan, Jammu and Kashmir Government imposed curfew in most parts of North Kashmir and old Srinagar city on Friday to thwart the march to Sopore called by separatist leaders to protest and express solidarity with the families of six persons gunned down by unidentified gunmen in different areas of Sopore town. After 1984 and 1990 this was the third time when the first day of Ramazan coincided with strike, shutdown and curfew in Old Srinagar city and Sopore. Curfew remained imposed in old city here, Sopore town, Palhalan and Baramulla

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Martyrs graveyard Sopore. Photo: Muhabit-ul-Haq There have been six killings in row within three weeks in Sopore town of North Kashmir; one by one they were shot dead at point blank range. The pattern of killings remains same – unprovocative circumstances, unarmed civilians ‘targeted’ and gunned down. The latest ‘target’ was a former militant, Aijaz Ahmad Reshi who was shot dead in Mundji area of Sopore on Monday. According to police officials, reported by an English daily, “Reshi shunned militancy long time ago and was living a normal life.” Reshi’s death followed killing of an ex-militant, 24 hours ago, who

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Complete shutdown in Kashmir Valley on 17 June 2015. A complete shutdown was observed on Wednesday against the mysterious civilian killings in Sopore town of North Kashmir. Six civilians have been killed in last three weeks by unknown gunmen in Sopore. The joint shutdown call was given by the separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Shabir Ahmed Shah, while it was supported by militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and other separatist organizations also. Markets and other business establishments remained closed and public transport did not ply in Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley. Attendance

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Militant outfit Lashkar-e- Toiba (LeT) on Monday while condemning the killing spree in Sopore said that the agencies behind such acts must abort their activities or face action. In an emailed statement to KNS, LeT chief Mehmood Shah said,” The paid agents of Indian Agencies must stop their activities or else the people are still alive who have, in the middle of their guards, punished persons like Javed Shah and Kuka Parrey. Do not compel us and we are warning the elements behind the attacks to confess their crime and seek forgiveness from people,” LeT chief quoted in the statement

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Out of 17 civilians who lost their lives in different militancy related incidents since last January among them 7 were killed in Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Six of them have been killed within a period of 21 days. The killing spree of civilians started from May 25 last month when mysterious armed outfit Lashkar-e-Islam attacked a telecom centre and killed a civilian Rafiq Ahmed of Tangmarg on spot. Besides, Indian security personnel killed 5 militants in the town so far during three different gunfights. One civilian was killed in January, two were murdered in May and in

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Several people tried to corner the armed assailants soon after they shot dead Ajaz Ahmed Reshi at Mandji Sopore on Monday morning, but the pistol borne youth fired a few shots in air and fled from the scene. Eyewitnesses told CNS that two pistol borne youth who shot dead Ajaz Ahmed Reshi, on Monday morning were 18 to 20 years old. “They were wearing jeans and were two in number. People chased them but when they reached at a distance, one of the youth fired some shots in air as a result people halted their movement,” they said, adding that

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The family members of Sopore shopkeeper Khurshid Ahmed Bhat who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Bomai Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday night hold Indian agencies responsible for the killing of Bhat. The father of the slain youth while terming it as ‘target killing’ said that he has no expectations from the present government. “Yesterday, Sheikh Altaf became the prey of target killing, today it was my son and tomorrow it will be some other person. I appeal people and media to expose these killers. My son was not killed by militants but it was

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Kashmir Valley Friday witnessed various protest marches against the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Sheikh Altaf who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in North Kashmir’s Sopore town in Baramulla district on Tuesday. The call for protest marches was given by Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani. The protest march in Sopore turned violent after scores of youth attacked police and CRPF personnel with stones at main chowk. Eyewitnesses told CNS that soon after Friday prayers, Hurriyat G activists organized a protest march from Jamia Masjid that culminated in main chowk. The march was attended by locals while some youth reportedly amid

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Apple town Sopore witnessed a complete communication breakdown on Thursday as all the towers of the private cellular companies have become non-operational after the threat from unknown gunmen to cellular companies to windup their business in the town. “The lone BSNL tower located in Model Town Sopore is functional but it is not helping people to get connected with their dear ones as only two percent of the population in the town is availing the services of this state owned company. Sopore has slipped back to the pre-2000 era. People especially traders have been facing tremendous problems but are tight

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After a civilian was killed and two others injured today when unidentified armed men opened fire at a Telecom franchise shop in Sopore district of North Jammu and Kashmir, Amnesty International has condemned this direct attack on civilians. Mohammad Rafiq, 26, died in hospital after sustaining bullet injuries. The two injured men are being treated. All three were employed with a franchise of the government-run telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The attack happens after a few warning posters were found in the town asking telecom operators to stop functioning in the area. “This kind of deliberate attack on

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