Clashes in Chadoora, Rangreth and some areas of Kashmir
Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir valley on Wednesday in protest against the killing of three youths by government forces in Chadoora on Tuesday.
All resistance groups had called for a shutdown against the killings.
All shops, schools, offices and business establishments were closed in view of the strike leading to a halt in the daily life across Kashmir. Barring a small number of private vehicles, traffic remained off roads.
In Chadoora, a place to which two of the three deceased youths belonged, and Rangreth, the native place of the third slain youth, protesters clashed with government forces.
Similar clashes were reported from Rawalpora, Nowgam, Natipora, Chattabal and Zampa Kadal areas of Srinagar. Forces resorted to baton charge and fired teargas canisters to disperse protesters in a few places.
Tens of hundreds of paramilitary troopers and policemen had been deployed in every nook and corner of the city to prevent protests.
Protests were also reported from North Kashmir’s Palhallan and Old Town area of Baramulla.
The shops and business establishments in the area remained closed for the third consecutive day in Pulwama to mourn the death of two militants, killed in a gunfight with forces in Padgmapora village on Sunday.
Clashes were also reported from Kulgam areas after the militant Tawseef Ahmad killed in Chadoora encounter was buried in home locality of Yaripora.
Shops and business establishments remain closed in all main markets of Ganderbal district such as Nagbal, Beehama, Duderhama, Lar, Manigam,Tulmula,Wakura,Safapora,Preng,Wusan and Kangan.
There were no reports of protests or stone pelting in the district. However, police and paramilitary troopers had been deployed in majority of protest-prone areas.
Funeral prayers for the deceased in Bandipora
Funeral prayers in absentia were offered at Ajas town in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Wednesday for the three youth killed by government forces in Chadoora on Tuesday.
People assembled at Markazi Jamia Masjid in Ajas and offered funeral prayers for the slain youths and later held a sit-in protest in which the protesters were carrying placards condemning the government for unabated civilian killings.
A complete shutdown was observed in all towns of the district. A few incidents of minor stone-throwing incidents were reported from the district.