Kupwara Killings: Kashmir Shuts on Day Four



Curfew continued in Handwara on Thursday after four persons were killed by forces. (KL file Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Curfew continued in Handwara on Thursday after four persons were killed by forces. (KL file Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Complete shutdown was Saturday observed in Kashmir against the fresh killing of a Class 11 student in Nutnussa village in Kupwara on Friday afternoon, while curfew-like restrictions were imposed in parts of the Srinagar city and Kupwara by the authorities.

An 18-year-old, Class 11 student, Arif Hussain Dar of Awoora, Kupwara, was killed yesterday by army in Nutnussa during demonstrations against the killing of four civilians in Kupwara district this week.

While police and paramilitary forces were deployed in Srinagar and other major towns to thwart protests, shops, schools, business units were shut by the people as a mark of protest against the killings.

Public transport was of the roads, but private vehicles were moving in civil lines of the city.

Mobile internet services were snapped by the government to block the dissemination of information about the incidents on social media.

Clashes erupted in Baroosa area of Ganderbal district on Saturday against Kupwara civilian killings.

Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters who demonstrated for many hours.

The authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in Kangan following intense clashes on Friday evening in which at least 10 persons were received minor injuries.

In Naidkhai Bandipora, angry protesters Saturday set ablaze four empty makeshift sheds which were sheds were used by police and IRP Battalion as barracks.

Hundreds of protesters protested in Naidkhai market and marched towards Sumbal.

Witnesses said the angry protestors entered empty sheds constructed by police and set them ablaze. Protests were also held in Bandipora market, Papchan and Ashtango areas.

A police official told KNS that the situation remained under control, barring few minor incidents and protests in Ganderbal and Bandipora areas.

All separatists groups had called for the shutdown against the killing of the student.

Five civilians, including an elderly woman, were killed in this week during protests against the alleged molestation of a girl in Handwara town by an army man.


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