Srinagar, Jan 1: Parts of South Kashmir on Friday observed a shutdown for the 3rd consecutive day against the killing of three youths in Srinagar, who police said were militants. Shops also remained shut in city centre Lal Chowk of Srinagar against these killings.
Pertinently, Joint Forces claimed that it killed three militants in Hokarsar Lawaypora area in an encounter. However, families of these slain youth contended the claims of Army saying they were students not militants. Police later on in a statement said that two among the slain youth were ‘hardcore’ over ground workers while third may have joined militant ranks recently.
Reports said that four out of three South Kashmir districts including Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian observed shutdown. Shops remained closed while skeletal movement of transport was observed on roads.
Police and paramilitary forces remained deployed in large numbers in these districts to thwart any protest demonstration.
The cellular internet remained snapped in Pulwama and Shopian districts which were cut on Wednesday soon after news of killing of three alleged militants in an encounter in Srinagar outskirts. However, internet functioned normally in Anantnag and there is was no shutdown in Southern district Kulgam.
The three youth killed in Srinagar ‘encounter’ were the residents of Pulwama and Shopian districts. Parts of Srinagar’s city centre also observed shutdown against the killing of these youth. Shops were seen closed in the heart of Srinagar city.