Shutdown in Srinagar Downtown against youth’s custodial death

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Srinagar: Parts of Downtown Srinagar on Tuesday observed a spontaneous shutdown in the wake of custodial death of a teacher from Awantipore, named Rizwan.

Eyewitnesses said the majority of downtown areas and Maisuma in uptown Srinagar observed spontaneous shutdown as soon as the news of the custodial death spread in the Valley.

The shopkeepers downed their shutters after announcements from the Jamia Masjid asking people to observe shutdown.

Intense clashes were reported and all shops and other commercial establishments remained closed in Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district while traffic went off the roads following the custodial killing of the school teacher.

Meanwhile, authorities have suspended the Internet service as a “precautionary measure” in the area.

Earlier, both the former chief ministers of the state, National Conference’s Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti lashed out at the government of India over the custodial killing of a school teacher.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that it has once again exposed the helplessness, vulnerability and insecurity of the lives of Kashmiri’s, as impunity to the authorities keeps rising.

On Tuesday, a school teacher, identified as Rizwan Pandith, died in police custody at CARGO camp in Srinagar. He had been arrested by the NIA team in a militancy related case.

A police official said that Rizwan died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

The Jammu Kashmir Police department has asked for a magisterial inquiry.

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