Restrictions in Kashmir as separatists call for march against civilian’s killing

Authorities imposed restrictions in several areas of Kashmir on Friday to foil a march called by separatists to Shopian against the killing of a 22-year-old student by security forces earlier this week.

The valley’s separatist leaders called for a shutdown after Adil Ahmed of the southern district of Shopian was killed on Tuesday night. Ahmed was hit by a bullet in the chest when a stone-pelting mob clashed with forces to distract them from a cordon and search operation in the area.

“Joint resistance leadership said that to express people’s resentment and indignation against the brutal killing of young Adil Ahmed Magray by the Indian forces and to express complete solidarity with the bereaved family complete strike will be observed on Friday the 9th of June across the valley and after Friday prayers peaceful protest will be held across the valley against the killing,” the separatists said in a statement.

In Srinagar, restrictions have been imposed in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, MR Gunj, Kralkhud, Maisuma and Safa Kadal areas. Similar restrictions were also reported from Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara districts in the violence-hit state.

Most shops and business establishments remained closed, while a few vehicles were seen on the streets. All educational institutions were shut down to prevent students from protesting and the Kashmir University postponed all exams scheduled for the day.

Authorities also cut off high-speed mobile internet service in Kashmir late on Tuesday night and continue to be suspended. People could use 2G services only.

The militancy-hit state has been rocked by months of unrest and stone pelting over alleged human rights abuses by security forces.

The valley witnessed a fresh spell of protests after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sabzar Bhat last month. Curfew was imposed and a shutdown observed for three days after the killing of Bhat and an accomplice.