Srinagar Sept 17:An indefinite curfew clamped eleven days ago following clashes after the killing of five youth in Central Reserve Police Force firing continues in southern Shopian district.
Police and paramilitary CRPF men, wearing riot gears and armed with sophisticated weapons, were deployed in Shopian, and other adjoining villages to foil any attempts of protests by locals, reports said.
According to portal Kashmir Dispatches, witness said that all the entry and exit points leading to Shopian town and towards the residential areas were completely sealed. “Even though there has been no incident of violence in last three days, the authorities have been reluctant in easing the restrictions,” said residents of Shopian town.
They said government forces have erected barricades and bunkers at many places and people were not allowed to venture out.
The residents alleged that CRPF men went berserk and barged into several houses, ransacking household goods and thrashed the inmates. “Shops, schools, offices and Petrol outlets remained closed while traffic was off the roads. Heavy deployment of police and CRPF was put in place in the town,” locals said.
“There is a regular phenomenon to harass the locals since 2010. In the past they have been involved in killing of civilians,” said a local resident.
“Anytime an incident takes place they barge into the houses and resort to thrashing of inmates and ransacking,” resident said.
Deputy Commissioner (DC), Shopian, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, said, “Curfew remained enforced on Tuesday to stop any untoward incident”. He said, however, district administration is facilitating the movement of essential commodities, medicines and baby food.
Curfew was imposed in Shopian, after CRPF from 14 Battalion in Gagran area shot dead 4 youth on September 7 and injured another.
While the locals maintain that the fourth slain person was a non-local labourer, CRPF said he was a Lashkar operative.
Following the killings, another civilian was shot dead allegedly by CRPF men of the same camp on September 11.