Separatists observe strike over killing of three civilians in J&K

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separatists strikeThree youth were killed and 18 injured as security personnel clashed with protesters pelting stones on an operation that saw the killing of a militant.

Expressing her condolences, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the killing of the three youth was painful to her. Urging restrain, National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah said the incident shows the pathetic situation in the Valley.

Additional forces have been deployed in sensitive areas of the Valley where normal life was disrupted due to the strike. In view of the alarming situation, Kashmir University, Central University of Kashmir and Islamic University of Science and Technology have postponed all examinations scheduled for March 29.

Public transport was affected, while trains between north Kashmir’s Baramulla and the Jammu region’s Bannihal were suspended.

On March 28 morning, security personnel engaged in a search operation following information about terrorists in Durbugh area of Chadoora village of Budgam district. The peaceful search op turned into a heated gunbattle as the terrorist opened fire on the security personnel.

Several people collected and pelted stones on the security personnel at the site, while the firing was underway, which led to clashes which the killing of three youths and injuries to 18 others. While this was so, the terrorist was gunned down by security forces on March 28 evening.

Clashes between security forces and interfering civilians had started last year and the state government has imposed prohibitory orders three-km around the encounter site.