Srinagar, June 13: About 10,000 mourners on Tuesday defied curfew and other strict security restrictions to turn up at the funeral of a Class 12 student, Javed Ahmed Malik, who was killed in Monday’s police firing on an irate mob in a Kupwara village protesting over a sacrilegious act involving the Army.
While Trehgam area, deep inside Jammu and Kashmir’s frontier district, had been placed under indefinite curfew since Tuesday afternoon, security forces enforced security restrictions strictly in many other parts of Kupwara where the anger among the residents over the incidents is on the increase.
Meanwhile, a partial to complete strike was observed in rest of the Valley on Tuesday against last week’s alleged desecration of a mosque at Zurhama in Kupwara district and to mourn the killing of two students in police and Army firing during the protests triggered by the incident. The Army has denied the charge but the local administration has registered a case and started investigations into the alleged sacrilegious act by the troops and subsequent firing on mobs agitating over it. The call for the strike had been issued by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference faction. About 20 of its activists, led by Shahid-ul-Islam, a second-rung leader of the conglomerate, were arrested by the police in Srinagar as they began a march on the office of the United Nations Military Observers Group for India and Pakistan to lodge protests over "unabated Indian excesses" on the people of Kashmir. Official sources admitted that the situation in Trehgam and some other parts of Kupwara remains tense.