Srinagar, May 09: Students of the University of Kashmir, Islamic University of Science and Technology and Central University of Kashmir, today, hit the streets against the killing of a varsity professor and other youth by the Indian troops in south Kashmir on Sunday.
Dr Muhammad Rafi Butt along with nine other youth was killed by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Badigam area of in Shopian. The students assembled in the respective campuses of the universities in Srinagar, Awantipora and Ganderbal and raised pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. Scores of students of Central University of Kashmir assembled in the campus and offered prayers in absentia for the professor and other martyrs.
Complete shutdown continued in Shopian and Pulwama districts against the killings. Shopian witnessed the strike for the 13th consecutive day, today. All educational institutions were closed while traffic was off the road. Shutdown was also observed in Bhaderwah and other areas of Jammu region against the Indian barbarism in the Valley. Hundreds of traders, civil society members, fruit growers, industrialists and bar members took out a rally in Sopore to mourn the killings.
On the call of Joint Resistance Leadership, people , today, unfurled black flags on their homes, shops, vehicles to mark protest against killing spree in Kashmir.
In the meantime, The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly denounced the violence perpetrated by the Indian forces against the people of occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, weary of ongoing protest clashes in occupied Kashmir, the Narendra Modi-led Indian government has approved the deployment of especially trained in killing, National Security Guards, in the territory. A Home Ministry official told media that Black Cat commandos of NSG would use state-of-the-art weapons including health hazard through-the-wall radars, sniper rifles and corner shot assault weapons during house-to-house search operations in the territory.