North Kashmir’s Bandipora district remained tense for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday, following the killing of a youth on previous Friday.
There were curfew-like restricts in all sensitive parts of Bandipora town, Hajin and Naid Khai areas of the district, 40 km north of Srinagar.
The authorities had decided to relax curfew in the morning in Bandipora town. However, it was re-imposed following stone throwing incidents. The police fired pellets and tear-smoke shells to quell mobs.
An 18-year-old youth, Farhat Ahmad Dar, was killed on Friday. The police said he was hit by a bullet when security forces fired in the air to disperse a mob trying to set ablaze a security forces’ vehicle.
The police also used mild force to disperse protesters who were trying to assemble in lanes and streets in Hajin and Naid Khai. The residents accused the security forces of excesses.
Separatist Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik accused the security forces of using disproportionate force to quell the protests.
“The police along with army raided houses of people, including women folk, and beat them up ruthlessly in Hajan area,” alleged JKLF spokesman.
The government has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident after the people alleged it was a cold-blooded murder.
Socio-religious group Jama’at-e-Islami, however, rejected the magisterial probe ordered.
“The killing of Dar should be probed by an impartial judicial commission,” said Jama’at spokesman advocate Zahid Ali.
The Jamaat has asked the government to lift curbs in the district.
“On one hand the state government is involved in brazen violation of human rights and on the other, when people try to raise their voice it is suppressed,” he alleged.