19 April, Srinagar
In Jammu & Kashmir, the day long Budgam bandh called Sunday by both factions of Hurriyat Conference against killing of teenager, affected normal life as uneasy calm prevailed in Narbal and adjacent areas in the district with overall situation remaining under control.
Authorities had made elaborate security arrangements to maintain law and order in Narbal and other areas in district Budgam.
However no curfew or curfew like restrictions had been imposed in the district. Stray incidents of stone pelting in Narbal and nearby areas, have also been reported.
The Jammu & Kashmir government has already arrested two police personnel and one officer attached after preliminary investigations established the erring personnel had violated Standard Operation Procedures in tackling law and order situation at Narbal in Budgam yesterday.
The government has ordered magisterial inquiry into the incident wherein one 16 year old 10th class student Suhail Ahmad Sofi of Narbal, Budgam was killed.
In Srinagar a group of people including several separatist leaders of Hurriyat (Geelani) assembled peacefully at Pratap Park Media Enclave and registered their protest against the Narbal killing. They were demanding release of arrested separatist leaders including Masrat Alam.
They were also protesting against what they alleged the biased reporting of peaceful protests or rallies by some national media channels.
Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had appealed all separatist leaders to assemble at Pratap Park Lal Chowk in Srinagar today afternoon to register their protest against the Narbal killing.
Reports said all separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan and others continued to remain under house detention.
Meanwhile, the 30-hour token hunger strike by separatist leader Mohammad Yasin Malik at Maisuma Srinagar since Saturday against the proposed construction of separate residential townships for Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, ended peacefully.
The strike was also joined by noted Hindu scholar and social activist Swami Agnivesh besides several Kashmiri Pandits and members of various communities.