Clashes at several places, restrictions in Srinagar parts; internet, railway services suspended, exams postponed, schools, colleges closed
Srinagar, March 12: Thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of Mohammad Esha Fazili and Owais Shafi on Monday in their native places on Monday.
Esha and Owais were killed along with third militant associate at Hakoora in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on intervening night of March 11 and 12.
In Srinagar, thousands of people reached at Ahmad Nagar, Soura soon after news about Esha’s killing spread. Even though Esha’s body arrived at 10:30 am, thousands of people waited till 3:00 pm acknowledging the request by Esha’s father.
The funeral was offered at 3 pm. The youth shouted pro-freedom slogans and waved ISIS flags.
When the body was taken to the funeral, scores of youth attacked CRPF camp with stones following which deployments of police and paramilitary forces fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters. The ding-dong battles continued for several hours.
Earlier, spontaneous clashes erupted in many parts of Srinagar where most of the shops remained closed throughout the day. Commercial hub Lal Chowk also wore a deserted look.
Srinagar district administration subsequently imposed restrictions in parts of old city and Soura in the morning.
Meanwhile, thousands also participated in the last rites of Owais Shafi. He was buried at Vailoo, Kokernag.
There was spontaneous shutdown in parts of south Kashmir including Anantnag, Kokernag, Pulwama and Shopian.
Reports of clashes also received from main town Shopian, Larnow, Kokernag, Khanbal Anantnag, Qaimoh, Kulgam, Laizbal, Bijbehra. Several youths according to reports suffered minor injuries in the clashes.
Funeral Prayers of militants Syed Owais Shafi of Violoo, Kokernag/ Pic by, Muneeb ul islam/FK
Students of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU), Rajouri also offered funeral prayers in absentia for Esha Fazili, a BTech student of the varsity where he left the studies and joined militant ranks last year.
Most of the students boycotted classes to mourn the killing.
As a precautionary measure, authorities also closed the schools and colleges in Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian. Kashmir University, JK Board of School Education (JKBOSE) and Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora postponed all the exams scheduled for Monday. Kashmir University also suspended class work as well as postponed interview of contractual lecturers.
“The interviews for contractual lecturers (Kargil Campus) in the subjects of Integrated Botany, Zoology, which were scheduled to be held at the University of Kashmir on March 12, 2018, are postponed,” PRO in a statement issued here said.
He had said that fresh dates will be announced later, according to Dean, School of Biological Sciences.
Funeral prayers of Slain militants Mohd Esha Fazli at soura srinagar/ Pic by, Shah Jehangir/FK
The authorities also snapped internet in Srinagar and parts of south Kashmir. In Shopian district it remained for eighth consecutive days.
Earlier, sources had said that the police had directed the telecom companies to downgrade the internet speed as a precautionary measure.
Rail services were also suspended in Kashmir Valley.
An official of the railway had said that the train which started from Baramulla was stopped in Awantipora. Similarly, the official said that the train which started from Banihal was stopped at Anantnag.
The step, he had said, was taken as a precautionary measure in wake of the apprehension of the law and order following the killing of three militants. (GNS)