Arrest of two youths leads to clashes, shutdown in Shopian

Arrest of two youths leads to clashes, shutdown in Shopian
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SHOPIAN: The town of Shopian in South Kashmir on Thursday observed a complete shutdown against the arrest of two local youths by police. The two youths were arrested on Wednesday. Muhammad Jeelani Turray was arrested outside his home while Aaqib Ahmad was arrested in lieu of his absconding brother Ubaid Ahmad, a resident of Bonbazar area of the town.
Markets in the town had recently opened after ten days of continuous shutdown against the killings of five civilians in different incidents of firing by government forces.
Residents of the town told Kashmir Reader that a call for shutdown was announced by unknown persons on loudspeakers of different mosques in the town against the arrest of the two youths.
Clashes erupted in Batpora, Gol-Chowk and Four-Way areas of the town in which a boy was injured by pellets. He was shifted to the sub-district hospital (SDH) Shopian, where doctors told Kashmir Reader that the boy was hit by pellets on his head but is now stable because the injuries were not grave.
Eyewitnesses said that protesters who were demanding release of the two youths hurled stones on government forces who retaliated with tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse them.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shopian, AS Dinkar, said that both the arrested youths were “chronic stone-pelters.”
All shops and business establishments remained closed in the town while moderate traffic plied on the roads.