Baramulla: By the orders of the district magistrate, all educational institutions including colleges and private schools remained closed in Kupwara and Handwara, expect in Keran and Tangdar areas, on Saturday. Mobile internet services which were blocked by the authorities in the district soon after the killing of a local youth, Khalid Ahmad Malik, by the army on Wednesday evening, were restored on Saturday morning across the district, though people said that the speed was limited to 2G.
The district administration Kupwara has already announced a magisterial probe into the youth’s killing, with the Additional Deputy Commissioner Handwara as Inquiry Officer. He has been asked to submit his report within one month.
19-year-old Khalid Ahmad Malik was hit by a bullet in his neck in Trehgam area of Kupwara. The army says it opened fire after a “menacing mob” pelted their troops with stones. Police have registered a case (FIR 46/2018) under Section 307 (attempt to murder) against the army unit.
A shutdown continued in Trehgam area on Saturday against the killing. All shops and business establishments, tuition centres and private offices remained shut while public and private transport was completely off the roads in Trehgam area.
Local sources said that government forces lifted their deployments from the area and there were no restrictions on Saturday. They said that hundreds of people including women, who could not reach the home of the slain youth due to restrictions during the past two days, reached his home to offer condolences to the bereaved family. People also offered special prayers for the slain at the local graveyard and for the other martyrs buried there.
The sources said that normal life resumed in district headquarters Kupwara where some shopkeepers opened their shops and transport was ping on the roads.