Junaid Nabi Bazaz
Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed on Sunday in Budgam district against the killing of a 17-year-old boy by the police in Narbal on Saturday.
The call was given by both Hurriyat Conferences led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that sporadic protests were also held in Narbal, Soibugh, Ompura areas of Budgam. The protesters chanted anti-India and pro-azadi slogans.
The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Central Kashmir Ghulam Hassan Bhat denied the reports. According to him, the protesters shouted such slogans at Narbal only and that too for a brief time when a leader of Hurriyat led by Geelani group arrived there.
“Otherwise, the entire area was peaceful,” he said.
The DIG said that troops were deployed in large numbers in entire Budgam district to “prevent breach of law and order.”
Srinagar city witnessed stone pelting incidents at several places. The youth engaged the police in ding dong battles throughout the day at Batmaloo. However, no one was hurt.
At Parta Park, Lal chowk, a sit-in-protest was held by senior leaders of Hurriyat (G) including Altaf Ahmad Shah, advocate Mohammad Shafi Reshi, Zamrooda Habib and others.
Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Raja Mehraj-ud-din and Mohammad Ashraf Laya continued to be under house arrest, an official said.
The people of Narbal held demonstrations Saturday morning to protest killing of a civilian at Tral by the army last week.
As the protests were going on, a youth was shot dead by a police official. The authorities ordered a magisterial probe into the murder and also arrested two policemen.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police K Rajendra Kumar convened a high level meeting of Police, CRPF and intelligence officers late last night to take stock of the law and order situation in the Valley, a police spokesman said today.
He said the DGP was briefed by officers about current law and order and security situation. He was also given a detailed briefing about the Narbal incident.