Protests, shutdown in Kishtwar against Samba killing, JNU crackdown
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Protests, shutdown in Kishtwar against Samba killing, JNU crackdown

Protests were held in Kishtwar district on Saturday even as a complete shutdown against the killing of a civilian in alleged police firing in Sarore area of Samba district earlier this week paralysed the normal life.

Protests were held in Kishtwar district on Saturday even as a complete shutdown against the killing of a civilian in alleged police firing in Sarore area of Samba district earlier this week paralysed the normal life.

Pro-Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) slogans were also heard during the protest.

The call for shutdown was issued by the Imam Jamia Masjid, Farooq Ahmad Kitchloo.

All the shops and other business establishments remained closed while vehicular movement was badly affected.

Protests were staged by the locals at several places against the killing of Muhammad Yaqoob in alleged police firing during a demolition drive in Sarore area of Bari Brahmana. 

The protestors blocked all the roads, including the main Kishtwar-Doda -Batote highway at Malipeth and other link roads like Bunistan, Shaheedi Chowk, Dak banglow, Hidyal by burning tyres.

Imam Jamia Masjid Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo and Iman Umar Masjid , Abdul Qayoom Mattoo led the protests in Kishtwar town.

The protesters demanded judicial probe into the killing of Mohammed Yaqoob and appealed to Governor N N Vohra to personally monitor the situation.

They alleged that the law and order situation in the district has been deteriorating and that the Governor should review the situation for the safety of the minority community.

While addressing the gathering, Imam Abdul Qayoom accused the district administration and BJP MLAs of being "desperate" to create trouble for the minorities.

"Since they formed the government in the state, BJP wanted to evict the Gujjars from the land under their possession," alleged the protesters.

A group of protesters also shouted slogans in favour of JNU which was a scene of massive police crackdown during past two weeks over an event to remember Afzal Guru on his third death anniversary.

The protestors expressed solidarity with the JNU by holding banners and placards with messages calling for the release of former DU professor SAR Geelani and JNU students' Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar.

They called for immediate and unconditional release of Kanhaiya Kumar and SAR Geelani besides revocation of sedition charges against them.

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