Two more youth were killed in tear gas shelling and firing by security men at Dragmulla and Natnusa, Kupwara triggering massive protests across the Valley.
The girl who was allegedly molested by an Army man at Handwara, Kashmir, has been in the custody of the Jammu and Kashmir Police since the incident occurred on Tuesday, 12 April.
While being briefed about the prevailing situation, the Chief Minister said the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) should not remain a mere word but become a potent tool while dealing with law-and-order situations.
“I had wanted to visit Kupwara with a special economic package, but it is unfortunate that I had to come to console the bereaved families”, Mehbooba Mufti said.
Authorities had enforced curfew restrictions strictly in the town during the chief minister’s visit.
A notice was issued to Ministry of Defence, General Officer Commanding 15 Corps Badami Bagh, Commissioner Secretary Home department, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Director General of Police J&K and Additional Advocate General and directed them to show cause as to why the case was not admitted.
The government on Thursday had said that minister for rural development Abdul Haq Khan is camping in Handwara and meeting the families and the administrative officials to pacify and monitor the situation. We do not have any information of our arrested daughter for the last five days, she said. The protesters resorted to heavy stone pelting on forces and the forces in return fired teargas. The critically injured youth was identified as Arif Hussain Dar of Aawora Kupwor who succumbed minutes after being shot.
“After the Friday afternoon congregational prayers, people gathered outside the camp shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans”, a police official said.
A senior police official said a violent crowd attacked the counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles (RR) camp in Natnusa area of Kupwara district on Friday evening.
Strict restrictions have been imposed in Kupwara town, Kralgund, Handwara, Magam and Langate areas in north Kashmir to maintain law and order, a police official said.
In Srinagar city, some skeletal private transport and three-wheelers were seen moving in the civil lines and outskirts areas.
Reports of clashes between protesters and government forces poured in from several places.
Curfew-like restrictions continued for the fourth day in parts of Kashmir following killing of five persons in security forces action since Tuesday, even as mobile Internet services have been snapped across the Valley.
The victim of the abuse, a sixteen year old, remains in police custody, as do her brother and father, and a video was released on social media by the Indian army in which she refuted the claims of the molestation.
The girl’s mother said her daughter has been detained by police.