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Day 19: Shopian continues to be shut
Bar, traders, fruit growers, transporters to form joint committee
SRINAGAR, Sept 26: Shopian continued to observe shutdown for the fifth consecutive day today against the killings of five persons by CRPF men earlier this month.

Amid shutdown clashes broke out between youth and government forces in DC office area of the town. The town went on boil on September 7 after four persons were killed in what the locals say unprovoked firing by the CRPF men of 14 battalion in Gagran area of the township.

Following violent clashes that erupted over the killings authorities clamped curfew in the town. Though the curfew restrictions were lifted on September 11 but were re-imposed the same day after the CRPF men shot dead another youth.

Curfew remained in force for over two weeks in the town and was lifted on Sunday last after the meeting between the district admin and the traders federation. However, on the fifth day of the lifting of curfew, the township continued to observe strike with people demanding complete removal of the camp and registration of FIR against the CRPF men involved in the killings.

Though, the state cabinet has already ordered the replacement of the CRPF camp with police but the locals demanded the removal of the camp without any replacement. The talks between the district administration and traders, sources said, also failed to break the ice.

Reports said that to press the government for fulfilling their demands people continued to observe strike even today. The shops, other business establishments, private offices and petrol pumps remained closed in the entire township while attendance in government offices also remained thin. Traffic also was off the roads. However, reports said that in the afternoon groups of youth assembled near DC office Shopian and resorted to stone pelting at the forces who in turn lobbed teargas shells to quell the stone pelting youth. The clashes continued for more than an hour in the area.

Meanwhile, many trade unions including the bar association Shopian have decided to form a joint committee to hold talks with the district administration.

“Yes the members of many trade unions including the Bar members met yesterday and decided to form the joint committee which can hold talks with the district administration. Since the Traders’ Federation did not participate in the meeting we could not take any final decision. Tomorrow we are going to hold one more meeting where the final decision with regard to forming the joint committee will be taken,” said Bar Association president, Advocate Mushtaq Ahmad Paul.

News Updated at : Thursday, September 26, 2013
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