Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed
in Sopore township of North Kashmir on Tuesday demanding a probe
into the killing of a cable operator last week.
The strike call was given by local Cable Operators
Association in support of the demand for a probe into the
death of Ashiq Hussain Khan, official sources said.
While police said Khan, a resident of New Colony in
Sopore, was shot dead by suspected gunmen on April 23 inside
his house, militants accused "government agencies" of killing
him for highlighting the alleged atrocities of the security
forces in the town, 55 kms from here.
Groups of youth chanting pro-freedom slogans took to the
streets and hurled stones at Main Chowk, Batpora, Muslim Peer
and Chinkipora localities of the town early today. The groups
were chased away by police, sources said.
All shops and business establishments remained closed in
the city. Roads bore a deserted look except in some routes
where private vehicles plied.
Earlier, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen militant group had claimed
responsibility for the killing, only to disown the statement
United Jehad Council, an amalgam of over a dozen militant
outfits active in the valley, had blamed "government agencies"
for the cable operators death.