Northern parts of Kashmir shut against civilian killing in alleged ‘fake encounter’

Srinagar

Several areas in the northern part of Kashmir including twin districts of Kupwara and Handwara are observing a shutdown against the killing of a civilian in an alleged “fake encounter” by army on Monday.

Locals informed Kashmir Life that Kupwara town and Handwara town including several other villages are observing a shutdown.

Body of slain Shahid Ahmad Mir

They said that massive deployment of forces has been made in volatile areas including Daril, the native village of the slain Shahid Ahmad Mir, Trehgam, Tarathpora, Handwara and Kupwara.

Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been snapped to the twin districts fearing escalation of protests, locals said.

Earlier massive clashes erupted in Tarathpora town of Handwara with people demanding FIR under section 302 CrPC. Locals said, the angered protesters also set ablaze two vehicles accompanying the deputy commissioner Khalid Jehangir. Clashes between forces and protesters were going on in the area.

To mention, army on Tuesday claimed to have killed a foreign militant in an encounter in the forests of Handwara. However, when his body was handed over for a burial locals identified the slain as a local student.

They said that Shahid had gone to the forests to graze a herd of sheep on Monday. Police have issued a no objection certificate in favour of the slain and have registered an FIR against the Army.

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