Srinagar: Kashmir had witnessed violent protests following the killing of youths in firing by security forces.
Security forces opened fire in already tense Kashmir capital Tuesday morning on a group of mourners killing a youth and wounding several others prompting another round of widespread anti-India demonstrations.
Thousands of mourners carrying the two bodies tried to march towards Eidgah, the martyrs’ graveyard in summer capital, in Old Srinagar to bury them in a common graveyard where thousands, killed in an ongoing 20-year-old in Kashmir conflict, are buried.
Fearing the march may ignite more violent protests, the security forces used canes and tear smoke to stop the procession. They took away the two bodies and have apparently put them in a morgue in police control room.
CRPF personnel baton charged some media persons, injuring eight of them and they were taken to a hospital.
Journalists covering the procession in Batamaloo alleged that security forces beat them while they were discharging professional duties.
Eleven people, mostly teenagers, have been killed in firing by security forces in last two weeks.
Banks, offices and businesses establishments also closed down as the news about the latest death spread like wildfire in the entire city.
As the news of Bhat’s killing spread, separatist activists in Srinagar used public address systems of mosques asking people to join the protest.
“Our protests and civil disobedience will continue until India withdraws its military and paramilitary soldiers from all populated areas,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a key separatist leader who was leading thousands of marchers in downtown Srinagar.
Carrying black and green flags, the protesters chanted “Go India, go back” and “We want freedom” as they marched through the streets.
The recent unrest had prompted authorities to impose a curfew in most parts of Kashmir for a week. It was lifted on Tuesday except for the southern town of Anantnag.
Meanwhile today separatists had called upon students to stage protest demonstrations in their educational institutions. In view of the situation, authorities announced closure of schools and educational institutions in the city today.