For the fourth consecutive day, Pulwama shuts against civilian killings

Srinagar: District Pulwama remained shut for the fourth consecutive day against the massacre in Sirnoo village of the district on Saturday.

Witnesses said that all shops and other business establishments are shut while transport remained off the roads in major towns of the district. Colleges, coaching centres and other government offices remained closed while mobile internet services are also shut in the district and other south Kashmir districts.

Witnesses said that the authorities have made additional deployments of armed forces in the district to prevent protests against the killings.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) while condemning the Pulwama massacre, in a statement, called it a ‘wicked terrorist act’.

Seven civilians were killed after armed forces opened fire on protesters near the site of a gunfight in Kharpora Sarnoo village of Pulwama district on Saturday. Three militants and an army man were killed in the gunfight.

National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah while reacting on the Pulwama civilian killings said that it is a massacre and there is no other way to describe it.

Earlier, Abdullah while reacting to the civilian killings had said that it was  ‘another blood soaked weekend in Kashmir’

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti while reacting to the civilian killings has said that there would be no probe which would bring back the dead. She also asked that ‘is this what was expected from the Governor rule’?

She also said that no country can win a war by killing its own people.

Poeples’ Conference chief Sajad Lone while reacting on the Pulwama civilian killings said that the administration seriously needs to evaluate the cost of such operations. He added that ‘hope the administration gives up its Rambo mindset.’

Police, in their statement said that they were ‘deeply grieved’ by the loss of civilian lives however claimed that the crowd came ‘dangerously close’ to the gunfight site.

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