Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed on Sunday in Kashmir against the killing of a youth by Border Security Forces in Srinagar’s Batamaloo area a day ago.
All shops, business establishments were closed in view of the strike called by pro-freedom camp against the killing of class 9th student Sajad Hussain Sheikh. Public transport remained off roads while a few private vehicles plied in main city center area of Lal Chowk.
Timeline: 18 civilians killed this year
April 15: Sajad Hasan Sheikh of Baramulla killed in Srinagar. Unidentified gunmen killed Bashir Ahmad Dar in Pulwama
April 9: Eight civilians were killed in government forces firing on polling day in Budgam and Ganderbal
Abbas Ahmad, Faizan Ahmad Dar, Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Akeel Ahmad, Umar Farooq Ganai, Adil Ahmad, Nisar Ahmad, Aamir Manzoor
March 28: Three civilians, Zahid Rashid of Chadoora, Amir Fayaz of Wathora, and Ashfaq Ahmad of Rangreth were killed by the government forces after they opened fire on the civilians protesting to help a holed up militant escape cordoned zone
Mar 14: 9-year-old Kaneeza was killed in Kupwara
Mar 9: 15-year-old Amir Nazir killed by the government forces at Padgampora in Pulwama
Feb 23: A woman was killed by in an exchange of fire between militants and army
Feb 12 : Two civilians Aashiq Reshi and Mushtaq Ahmad Itoo were killed in Kulgam
Clashes were reported in several areas of the valley between protesters and government forces. A petrol bomb was hurled at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle in Rainawari area of Srinagar. According to CRPF spokesperson, no injuries were reported in the incident. The CRPF vehicle, however, was damaged.
The authorities imposed a curfew in Batamaloo area of Srinagar to avoid any protests against the killing of Sajad in the SD Colony. A massive deployment of police and paramilitary forces sealed the area while section 144, which prevents assembly of people, was also imposed in the area.
In North Kashmir’s Baramulla area, scores of mourners visited the home of slain Sajad at his residence in Dodbug Kandi village to offer condolence to the bereaved family.
Clashes erupted between protesters and government forces in old town area of Sopore following which the government forces resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse the protesters.
Areas in South Kashmir, also observed a shutdown in view of the call as all shops and business establishments remained closed for the day in solidarity with slain Sajad.