Protests amid pro-freedom slogans in Doda against Kashmir killings

Doda and Thathri towns observed a shutdown today to protest against the civilian killings and continuous siege of Kashmiri people since last 26 days.
Protests amid pro-freedom slogans in Doda against Kashmir killings
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Doda and Thathri towns observed a shutdown today to protest against the civilian killings and continuous siege of Kashmiri people since last 26 days.

The shutdown call was given by Markazi Seerat Committee Doda and Masjid Committee Thathri.

Shops and other business establishments of Muslims remained closed in Doda and Thathri, however Government offices remained opened and traffic plied on the roads normally.

In Doda, a massive protest really was held in which hundreds of people participated.

The rally, which started from Bharat road Doda, culminated near DDC office after passing through all the major markets. 

The protesters were shouting anti-Government and pro-Azadi slogans.

They were demanding ban on the use of pellet guns against innocent civilians and registration of cases against the forces' personnel who killed and wounded innocent Kashmiris. 

Senior National Conference Leader and President Markazi Seerat Community  Doda,  Khalid Najeeb Suharawardy, demanded that both state and union government should leave their arrogance aside and start tripartite talks without any further delay.

"Kashmir is not a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, unless Kashmiri people are taken on board, there is no fun of holding any talks," he said.

"If government is really serious to resolve Kashmir issue then they should immediately start tripartite talks by involving Huriyat conference," said Suharawardy.

He said India and Pakistan talk about Kashmir only when there is turmoil in the state.

Meanwhile, extra columns of Police and paramilitary force were deployed in Doda and Thathri towns, but no untoward incident was reported from anywhere and shutdown passed off peacefully.

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