Kupwara shuts for second consecutive day against civilian killing in ‘fake encounter’


Normal life remained affected for the second successive day on Friday due to a strike against killing of a youth in ‘fake encounter’ by the Army in Handwara.

All shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road.

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the killing of the third year student Shahid Bashir Mir, who army claimed to have killed in an encounter in Hafrada forests in Handwara on Tuesday.

Police has also ruled out any militancy links of Mir.

As the body of youth was handed over to locals on Wednesday evening, they refused to lay him to rest and instead marched towards Tarathpora—the native village of Mir—where they staged a massive demonstration throughout the night against his killing.

While ordering a magisterial inquiry into the killing—apart from issuing NOC in favour of the slain youth—deputy commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jahangir said the inquiry will be completed in a week’s time.

He said the killing will be investigated impartially. “Already, top police officials have declared slain youth a civilian and not a militant. The investigation will be now focused on how he reached Hafrada forests,” he said.


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