Baramulla: People in several areas of north Kashmir’s Baramulla and Kupwara districts held protests and clashed with government forces against the killing of three youths in Pattan area.
Bullet-riddled bodies of the three youths were found in an orchard in Dangerpora village of Pattan in Baramulla district on Monday. The youths were identified as Mohammad Amir Reshi of Hardshiva, Sopore; Ashiq Hussain Wani, a law graduate, of Lolipora, Pattan and Naveed Ahmad Khan, an engineering student, of Batapora, Sopore.
As per reports, complete shutdown was observed in Pattan. Youth also fought pitched battles with forces at several places in the area.
In Sopore town, youth took to the streets and staged protests. Using loudspeakers of Jamia Masjid, Sopore, they urged people to observe complete shutdown on Wednesday.
Clashes and protests were also reported from other areas of north Kashmir including Palhalan, Narbal, Kunzar and Khanpora.
Protests were also held in the frontier Kupwara district where many youth were arrested by police, reports said.
Complete shutdown was observed in Baramulla town and adjoining areas.
Police also detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik along with his party leaders near Sangrama area of Baramulla when he was on way to the Sopore.
Meanwhile, the pro-freedom camp condemned the killing of three youth in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
“Whatever the motives behind these brutal killings, such incidents occur only due to the presence of Indian forces in Kashmir,” he added.
JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement, while condemning mysterious killings at Pattan and Kunzar said that such “inhuman and barbaric” acts have no place in civilized societies.
“Our young boys are being killed and every day, we carry the corpses of our young ones towards graveyards. We, as a nation, are actually mourning the loss of our future,” he added.
Malik said that Kashmiri nation has sacrificed “more than hundred thousand lives for its freedom”. “More than ten thousand people are still missing in custody. We have seen unmarked graves and faced custodial killings, torture and jails for the cause of freedom,” he added.
Expressing shock over the killings, Jammu Kashmir National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan, in a statement, said that increasing “state terrorism and incidents of targeting pro-freedom youth are a matter of concern”.
Khan said that barbaric killing of the three youth has once again proved that Kashmiris were going through their worst phase of history.
“It means that conspiracies against Kashmiris are being hatched at the highest levels,” he claimed.
“Pattan incident is an indication that Kashmiris are not safe even in their homes and the basic reason of it is the continuous occupation by India and the criminal and anti-Kashmir activities of collaborators of India,” he added.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat president Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement, said that “India was directly involved in these killings”.
“Frustrated to see that Kashmir, as a nation, was realigning with the resistance movement and Pakistan’s renewed but firm stand on Kashmir, India is playing such dirty games here,” she said.
She supported the Kashmir Bandh call given by Syed Ali Geelani but said that the leader should put a comprehensive and impressive programme before the nation.
She also rejected the police version regarding the reasons behind the killings saying that in presence of hundreds of army camps, it was impossible for militants to kidnap, torture and then kill four people”.