June 2017 News

Shutdown Continues 3 Days After College Student Killed In Shopian

9 June 2017
India Today
Pooja Shali and Shuja-ul-Haq

Srinagar: A complete shutdown was reported in Kashmir valley for the second consecutive day today, after a youth was allegedly killed in firing by security forces on Tuesday evening. College student Adil Farooq Magrey was killed when security forces opened fire on protesters, who were trying to disrupt an anti-militancy operation in village. A joint statement, issued by the separatist leadership, called for a bandh and peaceful protests after Friday prayers. Most business establishments and schools remained closed in Srinagar while public transport is also off the roads. The government has already imposed restrictions on the high speed internet services and 4G and 3G data services have been shut down since Tuesday. Restrictions have been imposed on movement of public and transport in Khanyar, MR Gunj, Safakadal, Rainawari, Kralkhud, Nowhatta and Maisuma police station areas in Srinagar. The downtown area is witnessing heavy deployment of state police and paramilitary forces. Most shops and schools will remain shut through the day. The precautionary measure has been issued amidst fear of stone pelting incidents, after Friday prayers. In the last few days, south Kashmir has witnessed heavy violence and incidents of pelting. Separatist leaders have been put under house arrest to foil any attempt in organising large scale protests in the city. Hurriyat had warned authorities against large scale protests since NIA started to raid the properties of their close aides with suspicious transactions. Fridays are usually tense as crowd gathers post prayers near the Jamia mosque and on several occasions apart from pelting, flags resembling ISIS have been hoisted by masked men. In south Kashmir's Pampore, even students wearing school uniform were seen at forefront of protests on Wednesday, throwing stones at paramilitary personnel. The forces are maintaining extreme professional restraint during the protests