Srinagar: The recent killing of a civilian youth in firing by Indian troops in Thandipora village of Kupwara district has created fear psychosis among people, forcing them to largely stay indoors or rush to homes way before sunsets.

A week ago, Asif Iqbal Butt, a taxi driver, was shot dead by soldiers in the village, when he came out of his home in the evening to start his van to shift a patient to a nearby hospital. The family called his killing a cold-blooded murder.

“Since the killing of Asif, we do not venture out in the evenings,” said a cab driver at Kralpora. “We are frightened. Our livelihood has got badly affected,” he said, insisting not to be named.

“There is no guarantee for life now. We try to reach home before evenings,” another cab driver said.
People of Kralpora, who are involved in businesses or employed in Kupwara, Handwara and other towns of the district, complain that since the killing of Asif, they do not get public transport in the evening. “It has become very difficult for us to reach home in time after day’s work,” they said, adding that the recent killing incident has “impacted our businesses badly as people fear for their safety.”

Several people told media that after Asif’s killing, “We saw more mobile check-posts of police, army and paramilitary forces coming up between Kupwara and Kralpora.”  

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