North Kashmir continued to protest for a second consecutive day on Monday in the wake of the killing of a 28-year-old youth of Sopore in police custody. Under severe criticism, the government is waiting for the specially-constituted medical board to submit its report on the cause of death.
"The state government is seriously mulling to arrest the cops involved in the custodial killing,” said a source privy to the meetings being held by state home minister Nasir Aslam Wani. Two cops were suspended in the case.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said he expected the police "to do nothing less than make an example of those responsible so that nothing like this ever happens again."
"The body bore torture marks when ablution for the final rites was performed late Sunday night,” said a relative of the victim. The state authorities handed over the body of the victim around 8 pm on Sunday night for burial. Women and slogan-shouting angry youth participated in the funeral.
Most business establishments, schools, colleges and offices remained closed as the twin towns of Baramulla and Sopore observed spontaneous shutdown against the killing. Minor clashes were reported from Sopore town between security forces and protesters. Heavy deployment of troops kept protesters at bay in north Kashmir. Life in Srinagar and south Kashmir, however, was normal.
Separatists have also called for a shutdown and protests on August 3.
"New Delhi and its stooges in Kashmir have created a martial law like situation. The government is trying to enforce silence of graveyard with the help of police and armed forces," alleged hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani while calling for a shutdown on August 3.
High Court Bar Association also held a protest rally inside the premises of high court in Srinagar. "We condemn the killing," said the association head Mian Qayoom.