Hurriyat hardliners call for a shutdown in Sopore Friday

Hardline Hurriyat Confernce led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a shutdown on Friday in Sopore area of north Kashmir to protest against the killing of two sisters in the apple town on Monday.

Updated: Feb 04, 2011, 17:04 PM IST

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Confernce led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a shutdown on Friday in Sopore area of north Kashmir to protest against the killing of
two sisters in the apple town on Monday.

"A complete shutdown will be observed in Sopore and protests will be held in the state after the Friday prayers against the inhuman killing of the two girls," Geelani said in a statement.

Geelani said, "no Muslim and pro-freedom" person can remain silent on such a "serious issue".
Two sisters were dragged out of their home by unidentified gunmen and later killed a short distance away in Sopore on Monday evening.

Police has claimed that the two girls were killed by militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) but a spokesman of the banned outfit denied having any hand in the incident.

The LeT spokesman told local news agencies last evening that the "the innocent girls have been killed by Indian agencies to create confusion among the people and
defame the LeT."

Although most of the separatist groups, including the militants, maintained silence for a day after the killings, almost all the groups have now come out in the open to condemn the killings.

PTI