Palhalan town observes shutdown in remembrance of killings during 2010 unrest

Pattan: Shutdown was on Monday observed in Palhalan area of North Kashmir’s Pattan town in remembrance of four youth killed on the eve of Shab-e-Qadr during 2010 unrest in the town. Moreover, restrictions continued to be in place in the area for the second consecutive day that were imposed after nocturnal clashes on Sunday in which atleast 16 people including 10 policemen were injured.

Reports said that people of the area used public address systems asking locals to observe complete shutdown in the town against the killing of the youth.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Baramulla) Zubair Ahmad Khan said, “There is no curfew. They can open shops and resume normal life, but they are observing shutdown against the killing of four youth in 2010 unrest”.

Pertinently, four people were killed and about 12 others injured when police opened fire on protesters of the area on the eve of Shab-e-Qadr during 2010 unrest. Eyewitnesses had claimed that the deceased people were not part of any protest demonstration.

The killings had attracted hundreds of people from neighbouring villages to Pattan township who raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

(Inputs: CNS)