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SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir Valley on Monday to protest the killing of two civilians in alleged firing by police and army in Pulwama District on Sunday.
The strike call was issued by JKLF Chief Yasin Malik, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq besides heads of other separatist groups.
Danish Farooq, 19 and Shaista Hamid, 22 were killed after forces fired at civilians protesting the death of a militant in an encounter at Kakapora on Sunday afternoon.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Ashraf Sehrai and Ayaz Akbar have been placed under house arrest while JKLF chief is being treated at a hospital in Srinagar under police custody.
All shops and business establishments remained closed in Srinagar and other district headquarters of the Valley while public transport remained off the roads.
Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in several areas of Srinagar besides several other parts of the Valley to stem protests against the civilian killings.
Meanwhile, at least three civilians were injured after being hit by tear-gas shells in Kakapora area of Pulwama.
Witnesses said that the civilians were hit by shells near railway tracks during clashes with security forces.
One of the injured has been shifted to SMHS for advanced treatment, they said.
Clashes erupted in the village earlier on Monday with youths, angered over the killings of two civilians on Sunday, hurling stones at a police post.
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