Teenager killed as forces spray pellets during Langate clashes

MAJID NABI. Dated: 4/12/2019 12:54:50 AM

Shutdown affects life in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Apr 11: A teenaged boy was killed in action by security forces during clashes with protestors at Langate this evening, while normal life was affected in Kashmir today due to a shutdown called by separatists.
Clashes broke out at several places on the first day of polling for Baramulla parliamentary constituency.
A teenager identified as Owais Mir, a resident of Mandigam Langate in frontier Kupwara district was killed during clashes with government forces at the end of elections.
Reports said the government forces deployed for law and order duties clashed with youth who pelted them with stones at Mandigam village of Langate.
Reports quoting witnesses said the government forces fired pellets to quell the protesters leaving a youth critically injured who succumbed to his injuries on way to Handwara hospital.
A senior medico at district Hospital Handwara said the youth who was brought dead on arrival had multiple pellet injuries.
Meanwhile protests rocked Kupwara after the news about killing of a youth spread with youth took to the roads and clashed with forces.
Clashes also erupted between youth and government forces outside a polling booth at Palhallan Pattan.
Complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir on first phase of elections for Baramulla Lok-Sabha constituency
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for complete shutdown in Kashmir to protest 1st phase of parliamentary election for Baramulla Lok-Sabha seat.
Strike was also aimed at to protest ban national highway for civilians twice a week, alleged attack by police and paramilitary forces on inmates at Central Jail Srinagar and harassment of Hurriyat leaders and their relatives by NIA.
Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed due to the strike while attendance in government and private offices was recorded thin.
Public transport remained off the roads in most parts of the valley; however skeletal movement of private vehicles could be seen on deserted roads.
Authorities fearing protests deployed additional companies of police and CRPF in parts of Srinagar while all the roads leading to old city were blocked with razor wires and iron barricades to prevent public movement.
Major market places including city centre Lal Chowk, Batamalloo, Hari Singh High Street and Jamia market wore a deserted look in the wake of JRL shutdown.
Authorities as a precautionary measure also suspended high speed mobile internet in north Kashmir that went to polls.
Reports of shutdown were also received from south Kashmir districts including Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam wherein JRL call evoked complete response.
People also observed complete shutdown in central Kashmir districts including Budgam and Ganderbal with all commercial activities suspended and traffic off the roads.



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