Teens’ killing: Shutdown continues in Quimoo, Khudwani on day 4, Kulgam returns to normal

SHABIR AHMAD

ANANTNAG : Shutdown continued in Quimoo and Khudwani areas of southern Kulgam district for the fourth consecutive day against the killing of a teenage boy on Saturday last while as normalcy returned to Kulgam township after three days of shutdown.
15 year old Suhail Ahmad Lone son of Ghulam Qadir Lone of Hawura Mishpora was killed after the government forces fired upon a group of pro-Palestine protesters near Quimoo. The killing triggered violent protests in the area and shutdown in nearby Anantnag and Kulgam townships. Dozens of youth were injured during the clashes in last three days. Police also arrested over a dozen youth during clashes.
Reports said that the Quimoo and Khudwani townships observed a complete shutdown for the fourth running day on Tuesday. All the shops, business establishments and private offices remained shut while traffic was off the roads. However no clashes were reported from the area today
However, reports said that the district headquarter Kulgam, which observed shutdown for three consecutive days against the killing limped back to normal with shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and private offices remaining open in the town.
Meanwhile the additional deputy commissioner, Abdul Hamid Ganai, probing the killing has issued a notice asking the witnesses to record their statements before him within ten days.
“I have issued a notice today asking the people who know about the incident to record their statements before the inquiry team. The witnesses can share the information in a written form through an affidavit also,” the inquiry officer, Abdul Hamid Ganai told Kashmir Reader.
He assured that the investigation into the incident will be highly free and fair. “I assure the people of fair probe into the incident provided they cooperate with me the inquiry will simply be put at halt,” IO said.