Srinagar: Protests erupted in several areas against the killing of a boy in Narbal.
At Soibugh, the native village of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Sallahuddin, scores of youth shouted anti-India, pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans.
The police and paramilitary troopers fired teargas shells empty rounds in the air to scare away the protesters.
Minor clashes between people and the police were reported from Kremshore, Chadoora, Panzan, Narsulapora, Beerwah, and some villages adjoining the Budgam town. At least a dozen people were reportedly injured in these clashes.
Baramulla district remained closed against the arrest of Hurriyat (G) leader Masrat Alam. After the news of the killing of a boy by the police in Narbal spread, scores of youth from Palhalan demonstrated on streets. When the police and paramilitary troopers didn’t allow the peaceful protest, the youths threw stones at them. The police fired tear smoke shells to disperse them.
The protesters blocked Srinagar-Muzafarabad road in protest.
All major towns in the district, such as Sopore, Tangmarg, Pattan, remained closed against the killing of the boy.
Member of Legislative Assembly from Langate, in Kupwara district, engineer Rashid and his supporters demonstrated against the Narbal boy’s killing in Kupwara.
Traders in Baramulla and Sopore have condemned the killing. General secretary Bapar Mandal Baramulla Er. Tariq Magloo said the AFSPA, which provides troops immunity from persecution, is the culprit. He said the government should “hang” those responsible for the killing.
President traders’ federation Sopore Haji Mohammad Ashraf Ganie and president Industrial Estate Sopore Javid Ahmad Bhat also condemned the killing.
In Safapora area of Ganderbal, a group of youth pelted the CRPF with stones when the latter did not allow a protest demonstration against the killing.
In Hajin town of Bandipora, funeral prayers in absentia were offered for the slain Narbal teenager. The funeral prayers were led by Muslim League District President Mohammad Assudullah Parray, as the town observed complete strike on Hurriyat call.
(With inputs from Mushtaq Ahmad from Baramulla and Nayim Rather from Budgam)