Joint resistance camp calls for strike today, Bandipora youth killed in Rangreth laid to rest

Qayoom Khan / Asif Iqbal

Srinagar, June 16: Two persons were on Friday killed and 10 others injured as forces allegedly opened fire to keep protesters from interfering in an encounter with militants in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.  Also, clashes rocked various parts of the Valley including Srinagar after Friday prayers even as the police detained JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik.

Ahsan Mushtaq (15) and Mohammad Ashraf Khar (34) were killed after being hit by bullets near the site of an ongoing encounter between militants and security forces at Arwani village in Anantnag district of south Kashmir, a police official said.

He said it was not immediately clear whether the duo were part of the stone-pelting protesters who tried to disrupt the anti-militancy operation in the village.

Ten other people were injured, mostly by pellets. The operation to flush out militants was going on, he said.  sources said that police and army carried searches after razing two houses in Arwani but nobody was recovered.

Officials said clashes also broke out between protesters and security forces at nearly a dozen places in the Valley, including Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, Tral, Pampore, Pulwama town and Anantnag in south Kashmir, Hajin in Bandipora and Sopore in Baramulla in north Kashmir.

The protests against the civilian killings erupted shortly after Friday prayers and were going on when reports last came in, the officials said.

They said several persons were injured in the clashes.

JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was taken into preventivecustody from his Abi Guzar office in the heart of Srinagar prior to Friday prayers.

“Malik along with senior member G M Dar was arrested from Abi Guzar and both of them were shifted to Central jail on a judical remand till June 19,” a JKLF spokesman said.

Meanwhile, separatists called for a general strike on June 18 against the killing of civilians and ransacking of properties allegedly by security forces.

A 22-year-old Bandipora youth who was killed in forces’ firing in Rangreth area of Srinagar yesterday was laid to rest amid pro-freedom slogans at his native Ashtengoo village of the north Kashmir district.

Naseer Ahmad Sheikh was killed after Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel opened fire to disperse protesters who pelted them with stones in Rangreth.

People in large number attended his last rites in Ashtengoo village. They were shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Sheikh was later laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Ashtengoo.

complete shutdown in being observed in his native village while as partial shutdown is being observed in Bandipora town.

Pulwama, Anantnag schools to remain closed

According to the District Magistrate Pulwama, in view of prevailing law and order situation, restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC shall remain in force in Pampore tehsil on June 17.

However, medical emergency cases shall remain exempted from the operations of the restriction orders.

Meanwhile, all the educational institutions in the district Pulwama shall remain closed tomorrow (Saturday) as a precautionary measure.

According to the District Magistrate Anantnag, in view of prevailing law and order situation, all educational institutions in the district will remain closed tomorrow on 17th June 2017 as a precautionary measure.

NC anguished over killings

National Conference Chief Spokesperson Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the recent killings of policemen and a civilian in the State and extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

“We stand with the bereaved families in their moment of grief and loss. The never-ending cycle of death and violence has consumed thousands of young, promising and honest sons of the soil. It is imperative that steps are taken to de-escalate the situation and find a permanent solution to the quagmire”, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi said in his statement.

Violence leads JK to cobweb bloodletting: Mehbooba

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed deep anguish over the killing of two civilians and policemen across Kashmir valley during the past 24 hours.

The Chief Minister said she has reiterated it time and again that violence and innocent killings would lead the State only to a cobweb bloodletting and destruction and uncertainty rather than paving the way for any peaceful solution.

Mehbooba said she has been warning of the dangerous consequences of violence time and again and appealed the civil society to rise to the occasion to make the future of JK’s younger generation peaceful.

She conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families.