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Monday shutdown inpacts life in Kashmir

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Life came to a halt in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir on Monday on the call of JRL in protests against killing spree in the past few days. All the public transport in south kashmir was off the roads with bussiness establishments and banks also with shutters down. The impact of hartal on Monday morning is visible in Srinagar with very little transport on the roads. Authorities have imposed restrictions and have deployed additional forces in all the sensitive areas of Kashmir to avoid protests and violence. Train service has been suspended on Monday and reports from south kashmir suggest that the situation is very tense especially in shopian and Kulgham. It is in place to mention that after the Sunday encounter in which six militants were killed in Batgund shopian massive protests broke out and government forces used bullets, pellets and tearsmoke shells.

Local reports from shopian said that scores of youth were referred to different hospitals for treatment after they received bullet and pellet injuries. One youth Nouman succumbed to his injuries and two more youth are battling for lives in Srinagar hospitals. Most shocking excessive use of force news came from batgund when government forces allegedly enetered into the house of a resident and fired directly pellets on the family injuring their 20 month old baby. She is undergoing treatment in the SMHS hospital of Srinagar where doctors said that she may lose eyesight in one eye.

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