April 2018 News

Kashmir Shuts Down In Protest Against Shopian, Anantnag Encounters

2 April 2018
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Thirteen militants and four civilians were killed on Sunday in multiple encounters in Shopian and Anantnag. The Kashmir Valley on Monday witnessed a complete shutdown amid security restrictions and curfew-like situation over the coordinated multiple operations in Shopian and Anantnag on Sunday. Thirteen militants and four civilians were killed on Sunday in the multiple encounters in Shopian and Anantnag in south Kashmir. The authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in areas under seven police stations in Srinagar. There were strict restrictions on the movement of vehicles in Shopian and Kulgam. Security personnel were deployed in large numbers in the areas where civilians were injured in the clashes on Sunday. Separatists had called for a shutdown on Monday. All educational institutes, markets, banks and petrol pumps remained closed. There was skeletal traffic on the roads. At many places, security forces barricaded the routes with concertina wires and police vehicles in the city. JKLF chief Yasin Malik was arrested on Monday morning. Other senior separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, were placed under house arrest. There were reports of protests on the campus of Kashmir University. However, no violence was reported. Members of the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) staged a protest demonstration at Lal Chowk. Former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah blamed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for 'deterioration in situation' in the State. 'Ms. Mufti's biggest and least talked about failure has been the massive jump in the numbers of young Kashmiri men joining the ranks of militant organisations. Creations of the post-Burhan Wani rage, most of the militants killed yesterday were new recruits,' said Mr. Abdullah. Police said the fifth body was recovered at the encounter site in Kachdoora village. The slain militants were identified as Ishfaq Thokar, Aitmad Hussain Dar, Aqib Bashir, Sameer Lone and Gayas ul Islam Thoker, all residents of Shopian. All 13 militants were locals.