Shutdown in Indian Kashmir after death of man in custody

Shutdown in Indian Kashmir after death of man in custody

Shutdown in Indian Kashmir after death of man in custody

Written by Reuters

20 Mar, 2019 | 3:02 pm

Reuters – Separatists in Indian Kashmir called for a complete shutdown on Wednesday (March 20) against the alleged custodial killing of a youth.

Offices and educational institutes remained closed and shops were shut while the streets of Srinagar, the summer capital of the province, bore a deserted look.

The alleged victim, Rizwan Asad Pandit, a chemistry graduate who taught at a private school, according to his family, was arrested on the suspicion him of being a part of a “terror case investigation”. He came from a family with links to the Kashmir-based Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI).

The Indian government recently banned the group and accused it of having links with militant organisations.

Indian forces have arrested hundreds of JeI members since a Feb. 14 suicide bomb attack that killed 40 police personnel and was claimed by Pakistan-based militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad. JeI denies it is linked to militants.

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