Shopian: Life returned to normal on Sunday after ten days of continuous shutdown in Shopian and major parts of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.
Locals said that early Sunday morning all the business establishments, shops and coaching centres re-opened after ten days of shutter down against the killing of five civilians and two militants in different villages of the district.
Heavy rush of customers was seen in Shopian market while buying different essential commodities.
Meanwhile high speed Internet was also restored in twin districts after 11 days of breakdown. The authorities claimed the internet was snapped due to law and order problem.
The situation took an ugly turn in the region on January 27 when army opened fire on a group of youth at Alowpora village killing three youngsters. The army claimed that the soldiers opened fire in self-defence when youngsters hurled stones on them and attempted to lynch a junior commissioned officer. However, the locals said that the army used excessive force with any provocation.
On the fateful day, the area was restive as a militant belonging to the same hamlet had been killed in an encounter three days ago in a neighbouring area. A young civilian from Qalampora village was also killed in the shootout when locals attempted to storm the house where militants had been cornered.
The Alowpora killings evoked sharp resentment from the people and leadership in Kashmir cutting across ideological barriers. While the separatists called for a shutdown on January 28 bringing the normal life to a grinding halt, the mainstream parties raked up the issue inside the assembly in Jammu, currently holding a prolonged budget session.
This led to the state government to initiate routine investigation into the killings. A First Information Report was filed by police under Section 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 336 (endangering life) of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) against troops of the 10 Garhwal unit led by a Major rank officer. The Police FIR recorded that the officer and his men opened indiscriminate firing when their convoy was pelted upon by a group of youth. The army later approached the police with its own version, which was also included in the police report.