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SRINAGAR: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) called for a shutdown in the Kashmir valley on tomorrow against the killing of civilians in Laroo Kulgam , where three militants were killed in an encounter by security forces early today. Taking to Twitter, chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Omar Farooq while condemning the killing of five civilians in Kulgam said the JRL will hold a protest sit-in at Lal Chowk against the ‘Kulgam mayhem. 

Meanwhile, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) chairperson Muhammad Yaseen Khan today strongly condemned the innocent killings in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district.  Blaming security forces KTMF president termed it sheer cowardice and inhuman act.  Khan said, “our youths are being killed and Government of India refuses to give up its policy of repression and acknowledge that people of Kashmir will not yield to submission”.

However Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS) has supported the shutdown call given by JRL  over the civilian killings at Laroo village in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. “We feel pain of killing of five civilians and nearly 43 injured during Cordon and Search Operation in Kulgam,” KPSS president Sanjay K. Tickoo said in a statement.

He said it is mandatory for government forces to sanitize the area where encounter happens to safe guard the lives of the civilians. “It seems that the security forces take these basic things casually, which resulted in today’s incident,” he said. “While Kashmir is being pushed back to the 1990 era by people’s alienating policies by the political parties, the central establishment is enjoying the so-called victory in Kashmir Valley and is not bothered to diffuse current political turmoil in the Valley.”

Three civilians were killed in a blast at the gunfight site at Laroo village of Kulgam after the gunfight was over. Two more civilians—who reportedly received bullet injuries in clashes with government forces--were brought dead to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital.  Reports said another civilian succumbed to his injured at SKIMS Soura. Earlier, three militants were also killed in the gunfight.