Normal life affected as separatists call for Valley shutdown

Budgam, Jammu and Kashmir, Valley shutdown, separatists

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Life has come to a stand-still in Chadoora area of Kashmir's Budgam district after separatist leaders called for a shutdown following a terrorist encounter on Tuesday.

Separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Mali, called for a shutdown on Wednesday protesting against civilian casualties during the encounter. Three youngsters were killed on Tuesday in a stone pelting incident after the encounter ended. The killed youth have been identified as Zahid Rashid (22), Saqib Ahmad and Ishaq Ahmad Wani.

At least 20 police personnel have been injured in the clashes that broke out between civilians and security forces after a terrorist was gunned down in a joint operation run by the Army, Paramilitary forces and CRPF.

public transport and even education institutions have been closed down in Srinagar.

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