Complete shutdown observed in Indian occupied Kashmir today

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SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown owing to a state curfew and other restrictions is being observed in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Sunday, against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmed Butt and 11 other youth by Indian troops, the Kashmir Media Service reported.

The two-day strike in the valley was called by the joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik against the killings and use of brute force on civilians Indian by troops.

The leaders also called for a march to Tral on Tuesday to pay tribute to Sabzar and other youth martyred yesterday by troops in Pulwama and Baramulla areas.

Curfew and other restrictions have been imposed in Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad, Gandarbal and other districts of the territory.

The authorities also ordered schools and colleges to be closed in Srinagar and other parts of the territory on Monday.

Mobile and internet services were suspended on Saturday afternoon, a day after authorities lifted a month-long ban on social media. This is the third time this year that authorities have suspended internet services.

Most Hurriyet leaders were placed under house arrest including Gilani and Mirwaiz. Other detained leaders include Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Hilal Ahmed War.

Moreover, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Yasin Malik was taken to Central Jail and placed under detention there.

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