Protest Continues In Anantnag District of Kashmir

A shutdown is being observed in many areas of south Kashmir’s Anantnag District for the second consecutive day on Tuesday (October 20) to protest against the death of Udhampur petrol bomb attack victim Zahod Rasool Bhat, even as life returned to normal elsewhere in the Valley. A group of youth pelted stones on security forces at Batengoo – the native village of Zahid – however, they were chased away, a police officer said. Cops resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse mob, according to sources. Reportedly, almost 12 people, including the police and protestors, were injured in the clashes. “There is a spontaneous shutdown in many areas of Anantnag district. However, no restrictions on the movement of people have been imposed in any area,” the police officer said. He said security personnel have been deployed in sensitive areas to maintain law and order. He said the situation has been brought under control, but continues to remain tense. Elsewhere in the Valley, life returned to normal, he said, adding shops, business establishments and petrol pumps opened this morning while public transport plied normally. He said educational institutions also resumed their functioning. Separatists groups and trade bodies had called for a one-day strike yesterday to protest Zahid’s death. Authorities had imposed restrictions in several police station areas in Srinagar and Anantnag districts to maintain law and order.

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