Shutdown in Kashmir Valley due to protests over killing of Hizbul commander

A spontaneous shutdown was observed in all districts and major towns of the Valley and protests started in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Badgam, Ganderbal, Srinagar and Kupwara.

In occupied Kashmir, Sabzar Ahmed Butt, who had succeeded Burhan Muzaffar Wani after his martyrdom on July 8, last year, was among the 12 Kashmiris martyred by Indian troops on Saturday.

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir on Saturday killed a top rebel commander in a gun battle, sparking massive protests and clashes in the region.

Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz has condemned the killing of top Hizbul commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and other terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian forces, and called upon the global community and the United Nations to bring an end to the bloodshed.

"In this encounter two HM militants identified as Faizan Muzaffar and Subzar Ahmad Bhat were killed", Police said.

The police official said that the security forces have intercepted a social media message in which the locals were appealed to come out in large number to pelt stones at the security forces that could help the trapped terrorists break the security cordon and escape. The schools closed three hours early.

Several armed rebel groups are fighting against Indian rule, with tens of thousands of people, a lot of them civilians, killed in the almost three decades-old conflict.

"Five security personnel have also been injured", a police official said. Public transport went off the roads throughout the Valley as people rushed home in their private vehicles while others walked long distances.

However, hundreds of people, mostly youth joined in Nowhatta and led the funeral prayers.

Over 30 people were injured in clashes at different places in the Valley.

Reports emanating from Kashmir Valley said that violence has been erupted in many parts following the killing of Bhat.

  • Leroy Wright