Shopian shuts for second consecutive day against Aadil’s killing


To mourn the killing of a young student killed after forces fired upon civilians after facing resistance while laying a cordon, Kashmir’s southern district of Shopian and its adjoining areas remain closed on second consecutive day.

The markets and business establishments are shut while public transport remains off the road, reports said.

The town is witnessing heavy deployment of paramilitary CRPF troopers and police to prevent gathering of people and stone pelting incident by the civilian protesters.

Adil’s funeral saw a massive participation of people including men, women and children. (Bilal Bhadur)

On Tuesday evening forces laid cordon in Ganavpora hamlet after specific input about presence of militants. However, forces faced stiff resistance from locals who shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and risked themselves by pelting stones to help militants flee.

In retaliation, police officials said, they fired teargas shells to disperse the crowd but later resorted to firing bullets after situation went out of control.

In the firing a college student, Adil Farooq Magray was killed after he was hit by a bullet. He was rushed to the nearby hospital but doctors declared him brought dead.

Tensions escalated in the area following the news of civilian killing and number of pro-freedom marches to the stain’s native village.

On Wednesday, despite restrictions, thousands of people participated in the funeral of slain Aadil.  “He was given rousing funeral amid pro-freedom chants,” a photographer who travelled from Srinagar to cover funeral said.

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