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Five youth were killed and about 30 others received bullet and pellet injuries in security force action in Shopian on demonstrators who had hit the streets after five militants of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), including a top commander and Assistant Professor of Kashmir University (KU) turned militant, were killed in an encounter on Sunday.

"We appeal to the people, traders, lawyers, civil society, students and employees to march peacefully to the civil secretariat where the leadership will hold a sit-in as a protest against the unabated killings", the statement said.

To protest against the killings, a complete shutdown was being observed in the region on Sunday. He refused, the police said.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president GA Mir expressed profound grief over the civilian killings in Shopian and described it as highly unfortunate and painful.

Worries that Rafi might emerge as the new poster boy for the educated youth has spurred mainstream politicians such as former chief minister Omar Abdullah to press the Centre to try and resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue. Inspector general of police, Kashmir, SP Pani said repeated attempts were made to persuade the assistant professor to surrender.

Shops, schools and businesses were shut again Tuesday to protest the killings of eight rebels and six civilians during anti-India protests and fighting with government forces over the weekend. The latest incident of violence in Shopian where 5 terrorists were killed.

One of the critically injured persons identified as 21-year-old Asif Ahmad Mir died in a Srinagar hospital. "Then, we got the news of his death", said Imtiyaz.

The continued inhuman oppression by India against five generations of Kashmiris struggling for a just, fair and legitimate right to self-determination calls in question the collective conscience of the world, he said. Both countries claim divided Kashmir in its entirety. A protester was crushed to death under an army vehicle and video of the incident surged on social media.

Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.


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