Authorities have imposed indefinite curfew in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts of South Kashmir after a youth, Rafiq Ahmad Rather, 28, a sumo driver was killed on Wednesday. Government forces allegedly opened fire on protesters in Shopian while they were protesting against the killing of four persons on September 7 by the CRPF.
Rafiq was allegedly killed by the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel posted at Gagaran camp. Four more were injured after forces allegedly opened fire on protesters in Shopian.
The protesters were demanding the removal of the CRPF camp and the arrest of the persons responsible for the four deaths.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir told a news agency that police were investigating the incident. He said they were also probing Saturday’s firing incident at Gagaran in which four people were killed.
While residents say all the four killed were civilians, Mir said three had no militancy record and were “obviously” civilians. The fourth person killed in Saturday’s firing was a militant, he said.
“Locals said he was a labourer from Bihar, but our channels say he was a militant,” the IGP said. He further said cases have been registered in both incidents.
Senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani called for a shutdown in the Kashmir valley and the Chenab valley districts of Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban Thursday over the killing.
Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik also called for a sit-in at the city centre Lal Chowk in Srinagar Friday.