Life in Kashmir valley remained disrupted for second consecutive day on Friday following the killing of youth in alleged security forces’ firing on Wednesday evening.
The authorities continued with imposition of curfew in areas coming under six police stations --- Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj, Safa Kadal, Zadibal and Maisuma --- of Srinagar city for second straight day.
A youth, Bashir Ahmad Bhat (25), a mason, was killed on Wednesday evening at Nawa Kadal area during a clash between security forces accompanying the poll staff and protesters, while three others were injured. The area continues to remain tense. There were reports of stone pelting on Thursday evening around Nawa Kadal area.
“We are keeping an eye on situation. There was curfew in old parts of Srinagar on Friday,” said Srinagar deputy commissioner Farooq Shah.
Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also head priest of the valley, accused the authorities of not allowing him to offer Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid.
“We condemn the authorities’ move to keep entire population under siege and stop them from their daily chores for second day now,” said the Mirwaiz.
A spontaneous shutdown was also observed in other areas of Srinagar where there was no curfew. Most shops, banks, colleges, government offices and business establishments remained closed. There was thin traffic on the roads.
Several districts in north and south Kashmir also remained tense in the wake of the killing. Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani had called for protests after Friday prayers.
Several youth clashed with security forces by throwing stones at them in at least two places in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district after Friday prayers. The police used force and chased the youth. The police also resorted to tear-smoke shelling at some places to quell stone-throwing protesters. At least four people were injured during the clashes in Bandipora district.
North Kashmir’s Sopore and Kupwara also saw sporadic protests. North Kashmir’s Baramulla constituency is going for polls on May 7.
Meanwhile, there were signs of improvement in volatile places in south Kashmir, which witnessed heavy stone pelting yesterday.