Kashmir shuts in protest against brutal killing of man in Udhampur

The authorities have beefed up security across Kashmir | Photo courtesy: Nissar Ahmad / The Hindu
The authorities have beefed up security across Kashmir | Photo courtesy: Nissar Ahmad / The Hindu

SRINAGAR – Shutdown was being observed in Kashmir on Monday to protest brutal killing of Zahid Ahmad Bhat, who succumbed to burn injures at a Delhi hospital yesterday, a week after being attacked by an unruly mob in Udhampur district of Jammu.

Thousands of mourners took part in funeral procession of Zahid at his native village Botengoo in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district this morning. Zahid’s native village witnessed massive protest demonstrations.

In response to a shutdown called by separatist leaders and trade unions, shops, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed, while very thin traffic was seen plying.

Security forces put strict restrictions in parts of Anantnag district and downtown Srinagar to thwart possible protest demonstrations and stone pelting clashes. Heavy contingent of police and paramilitary forces was deployed as well.

The killing also disrupted many events and examinations in Kashmir, including the first convocation of Islamic University of Science and Technology, examinations of Kashmir University, examinations of Board of School Education and class 8th examination by Directorate of School Education, Kashmir.

Central University of Kashmir today decided to postpone the foundation laying ceremony at its Ganderbal campus, which was scheduled to be held tomorrow, October 20.

Police have arrested nine persons involved in the brutal attack on Kashmir bound truck, in which two on-boarders, including Zahid, received severe burn injuries. Five persons among nine arrested persons have been booked under Public Safety Act while a case of murder has also been registered.