Chattergam killings: Protests, shutdown continue in Nowgam

Chattergam killings: Protests, shutdown continue in Nowgam

Srinagar: A shutdown was observed Thursday for the third consecutive day in Nowgam in the city outskirts here against the killing of two teenagers by army in Chattergam town of neighboring Budgam district.
All shops, offices, business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed while public transport was off due to a shutdown observed to mourn the killings of the two boys, eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader.
Though there was no call for a shutdown, CRPF troopers and policemen were deployed in huge numbers to scuttle any protests against what the families of the slain duo had termed ‘cold-blooded murder’. The twin localities of Banpora and Khwajapora of Nowgam were virtually placed under siege by the forces.
On Monday, 13-year-old Burhan Yousuf alias Faisal, and Meraj Ahmad Dar, 18, were shot dead by the soldiers of 53 Rashtriya Rifles when they were returning home after watching a Muharram procession at Chattergam. The killings set off violent anti-India protests prompting authorities to impose undeclared curfew in the area.
“The forces restricted the movement of civilians. Only elderly were allowed to move. Youth were confined indoors,” said Sheikh Asif, a local resident.
Later in the day, angered by the curbs, groups of youth hit the streets and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Besides, chanting slogans, the protesters also pelted stones on the deployments. The forces tossed teargas canisters after failing to quell the protests. The clashes continued for several hours. However, no one was reported to be hurt.