In a fresh incident of violence in the valley, some masked youths barged in and ransacked a private bank branch at Natipora in Kashmir, also setting ablaze a private vehicle on the Srinagar-Baramulla Highway near the Delina area.
According to police officials the incidents came in order to continue the enforcement of shutdown called by separatist leaders in the valley. Reportedly, six vehicles were set on fire in the last two weeks.
The 103-days long shutdown in Kashmir, getting started after the Indian military forces executed the Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, has affected normalcy in the valley, with business and education taking the major hit. The separatists had yet called for an extention of the shutdown till October 27.
The protest jointly programmed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik demanded for the ‘first resistence assembly’ at the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly House on October 27, the day the Indian Army landed in Srinagar in 1947.
There were anti-government protests in Budgam’s Soibugh area, Warpora in Sopore, Pulwama’s Newa area and parts of Anantnag, with security forces firing blank shots and tear smoke shells to control the mob.
Earlier, Laskar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan based terror outfit had issued warning to the Station House Officer (SHO) in Baramulla after a joint operation by the Indian Army, BSF, CRPF and police in 10 localities in Kashmir, resulted in the arrest 44 in connection with terror related activities in the valley.