Kashmir observes shutdown against civilian killings

They said extra deployment of security forces has been made in sensitive areas like Chadoora, in central Kashmir's Budgam district where the killings took place as well as in downtown areas of the city to maintain law and order.

Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir), Mar 28 (ANI): At least two persons were killed during a massive clash broke out at an encounter site in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district on Tuesday.

The encounter has ended, a police official said adding that one para trooper also sustained injuries.

"Over the last few days it appears that there is a renewed attempt to somehow disrupt the peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir.but this is not going to reverse the successes by our armed forces or by our security personal", he said. If security officials are to be believed, now more than 250-300 militants are active in Kashmir and the majority of them are active in southern parts of the Valley.

"This b####$@d has snatched the key", the youth shouts amid cries and invectives by a woman who was possibly one of the relatives taking the body home. This led to security forces taking action against the protestors.

It has continued even after Army Chief Bipin Rawat warned the youth against interfering in anti-militancy operations and the state administration imposing Section 144 within three kilometre radius of the encounter site.

A hospital source identified the civilian victims as 20-year-old Zahid Rashid, 18-year-old Aamir Fayaz and another teenager Ishfaq Ahmad who died after being shot several times.

Meanwhile, separatist leaders in Kashmir have called for a strike on Wednesday to protest the civilian deaths and sought an impartial inquiry into the incident.

According to officials a trooper was wounded fighting the holed up militant, while as over two dozen civilians were wounded after police and Indian troops fired upon civilian protesters in the village.

After his burial, youth clashed with police and paramilitary personnel in the area.

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik said the Chadoora killings were the outcome of army chief's threat.

"No curfew has been imposed anywhere", the official said.

Soon after the news of civilian killings became public, a spontaneous shutdown was observed in parts of the Valley where many schools closed early and exams by universities scheduled on Wednesday have been cancelled amid escalating tensions.

  • Leroy Wright