Kashmir reopens after 3 days of curfew, shutdown

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley reopened on Sunday after three days of curfew and protest shutdown following the killing of a youth in firing by CRPF troopers in Nawa Kadal area of downtown Srinagar.
Shops and business establishments opened in the city here and other parts of the Valley, while transport services also resumed plying on all routes.
The Sunday Market in the heart of the city here was abuzz with the activity, eyewitnesses said.
Authorities had imposed curfew in the interior areas of the city following the killing of 24-year-old Bashir Ahmad Bhat on Wednesday when CRPF opened fire to chase away stone-pelting protesters.
The protests erupted in Nawa Kadal area in interior of the city when police and paramilitary forces were being withdrawn after poll duty.
The killing of Bhat sparked anti-India protests and violent clashes in many parts of the Valley for three days, leaving many people injured. The paramilitary forces had placed most of the downtown localities under siege with barricades and spools of razor wire for three days. Many lanes and by lanes were choked to confine the residents indoors. At some places, armoured vehicles were put on standby to tackle any law and order situation. Due to curbs, no congregational prayers could be offered on Friday at the historic Jamia Masjid.
While pro-freedom groups had called for a strike for only one day on Thursday, people all over the Valley observed a spontaneous shutdown for two days on Friday and Saturday.
The state government on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry into the death of the youth. District Magistrate, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Shah has been appointed as Enquiry Officer who shall submit the report along with recommendations within 15 days.
Mohammad Shafi Bhat, father of the slain youth, has said that he would not accept “blood money” against his son’s killing. He has also challenged the police to prove that his slain son was involved in stone pelting.

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