Life returns to normalcy in the summer capital of J&K but strict curfew remains imposed in the three districts, Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam of south Kashmir on Friday. Curfew remains intact in the three districts of south Kashmir since Wednesday when a sumo driver, Rafiq Ahmad Rather, 28, was allegedly shot dead by the CRPF in Gagran Shopian.
A local in Shopian told Kashmir Life over phone, “We are not allowed to even move out of our homes. There is heavy contingent of CRPF and state police placed on every nook of our district.”
However most of the schools, colleges and business units were found open but the public transport was observed very thin on roads in Srinagar.
The senior separatist leader and chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani has asked people to observe peaceful protest after Friday prayer. The moderate separatist leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has asked people to observe Friday as a ‘Black day’ and to wear black band on arms and raise black flags on the top of homes.
Meanwhile, the JKLF chairman Yasin Malik is going to observe a sit-in in the city centre, Lal Chowk after Friday prayers.
Since September 7, Rafiq is the 5th victim allegedly killed by government forces. On Saturday, four people were shot dead by CRPF and they (CRPF) alleged that they were militants. Later, the state police investigated the matter and found all the four were innocents, three were locals from Shopian and the fourth one was a laborer from Bihar.