Kashmir unrest: Separatists call for bandh after protests in Valley

A Policeman in action against stone pelters during violent clashes which erupt following the killing of Slain Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani's Successor Zakir Ahmad Bhat and his associate at Tral during an encounter, in Srinagar

Separatists in Kashmir Valley have called for a two-day shutdown from Sunday over the "use of force" against the protesters following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat on Saturday in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district.

The separatists also called for a march to Tral, in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, on May 30 to pay tributes to Bhat and seven other militants killed in two separate encounters in the Valley.

While Bhat, who succeeded Burhan Wani, was killed along with another militant in Soimoh village of Tral, the security forces foiled a major infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Rampur sector in north Kashmir's Uri, killing six militants.

A civilian was killed allegedly in cross-firing between militants and security forces during the encounter in Tral area. At least 30 people have been injured in the clashes between protesters and security forces in different parts of the Valley.

"We condemn the use of brute force against the unarmed civilians, injuring hundreds of them and call for a strike on Sunday and Monday," a joint statement from separatists -- chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Yasin Malik, said here.

The separatists asked people in the valley to turn up in large numbers in Tral on Tuesday to pay tributes to the slain militants.

They said that calling for a strike has become necessary to protest the "state terrorism" unleashed by the forces on the civilian protesters.

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