Killing of teenager: Kaimoh observes strike for 4th day
Complete shutdown was observed for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday in Kaimoh area of this South Kashmir district to protest the killing of a teenager in CRPF firing. Sporadic clashes were also reported from the area.
Reports said that shutdown was observed in Kaimoh town and adjoining villages of Khudwani and Redwani to protest the killing of teenager Suhail Ahmad Lone, a 9th standard student killed in government forces firing on Saturday. Shops and offices remained closed while traffic was off the roads.
However, life returned to normal in neighboring Kulgam town after three days.
Eyewitnesses said that police and paramilitary forces wearing riot gears and armed with sophisticated weapons were deployed in strength in the entire Kaimoh area to thwart any attempts of protests. However, sporadic clashes between youth and government forces were witnessed in Khudwani.
“The situation in the area remained relatively calm except a few isolated incidents of stone pelting,” a police official said.
The area has witnessed massive anti-Israeli protests and violent clashes since Friday. People are also protesting the killing of teenager Suhail Ahmad in forces firing in Khudwani, Kaimoh on Saturday. The government has already ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.
A magisterial inquiry is to be conducted by Additional Deputy Commissioner Kulgam who has been directed to probe the incident, ascertain the circumstances leading to the youth’s killing and submit report within 15 days.
Meanwhile, police have booked several youth in Kaimoh area for their alleged involvement in stone pelting.
“We have detained at least a dozen stone pelters,” said a police official.
He said that those involved in stone pelting will be identified and booked. “Those detained include minors and they will be released after proper counseling,” said a police official.