Parts of south Kashmir observe shutdown, internet shut

Parts of southern Kashmir on Thursday observed a shutdown against the killing of three youths in Srinagar, who police said were militants. The families of the youths said the three were civilians. The administration snapped the cellular internet in Pulwama and Shopian districts for the second consecutive day.

Reports said that a complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama. All shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. Police and paramilitary forces remained deployed in large numbers in the district to thwart any protest demonstration.

They said that parts of Shopian also observed a shutdown against the incident.

The cellular internet remained snapped in both the districts which was cut on Wednesday soon after news of killing of three alleged militants in an encounter in Srinagar outskirts.

Three youths from Pulwama and Shopian were killed in Srinagar in the early hours of Wednesday in an “encounter”, with the Army and police claiming that they were militants planning a big strike along the Srinagar-Baramulla highway.

As soon as the photos of the youths started circulating, the families reached the Police Control Room (PCR) in Srinagar, accusing the security forces of killing innocent youths.

Police had said that their names aren’t mentioned in their list of militants but two of them were associates of militants (overground workers), however no cases are registered against them.