Occupied Kashmir tense after the bloodiest day of the years

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Occupied Kashmir tense after the bloodiest day of the years

SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown marked by curfew and restrictions is being observed in occupied Kashmir today against the killing of nearly two dozen youth by Indian troops on Sunday.

The shutdown is a part of the two-day strike call given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Indian troops on Sunday killed 17 youth, including 13 in siege and search operations and four in firing on protesters and funerals in Islamabad and Shopian districts. More than 200 civilians were injured, many of them in critical condition.

As per the strike call, funeral prayers in absentia will be offered for the martyrs after Zuhr and Asr prayers today.

Apprehending large-scale protests, Indian authorities have put restrictions at numerous places across the Kashmir Valley. Internet services continue to remain suspended on thesecond straight day today as well.

Moreover, commercial establishments and offices are also closed while the administration has already ordered theclosure of all educational institutes.

All examinations scheduled for today were postponed at the Kashmir University, Islamic University and Central University. Public transport is also off the road.

In Srinagar, strict restrictions have been imposed particularly in downtown areas. Barricades have been put in place to curb civilian movement while security forces personnel are presentin public enforcing the restrictions.

Similar reports are pouring in from other districts with south Kashmir remaining tense where thehuge toll of civilian killings took place yesterday.