Srinagar, Sept 24: Life remained paralyzed in Shopian town of Indian-admin South Kashmir for 18th consecutive day Tuesday with business and other activities remaining shut while forces used force to quell the protesters outside Deputy Commissioners office.
Massive protest demonstrations were staged demanding punishment to the culprits and complete removal of Gagran camp.
Forces used excessive force on peaceful protesters who in turn hurled stones on deployed forces ensuing intermittent pitched battles throughout the day,” a witness, said.
He said tear smoke severely affected the old-aged persons.
The stone pelting clashes were also reported from Bun Mohalla, Tak Mohalla and its adjoining areas, reports said.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and transport was also off the roads and work in government offices remain affected, the reports added.
Deputy Commissioner, Shopian Bashir Ahmad Bhat, said some youth hurled stones at his office today in the afternoon which resulted in minor damage to windowpanes of the building.
“We are in constant touch with the civil society of the district to resolve the issues and to restore normalcy in the area,” Bhat said.
The residents are demanding shifting of CRPF camp from Gagran where five people were killed in the firing on September 7 and September 11.
The killings led to authorities imposing curfew next morning following massive protests.
However, authorities lifted curfew for some hours but it was re-imposed later on September 11 after a school bus driver was killed in forces’ firing on demonstrators at the same camp.
The government has appointed Bhat to conduct an inquiry into the killings.
Statements of a number of witnesses were recorded by Bhat who has extended the date of recording statements.
While locals say the four youth killed on September 7 were innocents. However, police claimed that one of the four people killed in the firing on September 7 was a militant.