Hyderpora ‘Encounter’: Kashmir Bandh Against Killing of Civilians – Kashmir Reader

Srinagar: A complete shutdown was observed on Friday in protest against the killing of civilians in the so-called encounter in Hyderpora on Monday. The bandh was called by Hurriyat (M) president Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in which he alleged “inhuman treatment of civilians killed in the Hyderpora operation and the families of those killed”.
Shops, business establishments remained closed, while public transport remained off the roads. However, there was light movement of private transport on the roads.
The families of the slain civilians have challenged the police statement. He also demanded that the government return the bodies, which were buried some 80 km away from the city. Police returned the bodies on Thursday evening, after which the bodies were quietly buried in local graveyards.
Altaf Bhat, a 44-year-old businessman, and Mudasir Gul, dentist-turned-businessman
He was among the four killed in Monday’s encounter in Srinagar’s Rawalpora, Hyderpora. While the police termed Gul as an ‘over ground worker’ (word for those who allegedly worked for terrorists) and said that Bhat was killed in a ‘crossfire’. The families of both strongly opposed the police’s claim and said that both had no links with the terrorists and the police forcibly took them to the encounter site. They even protested throughout the day in the press enclave till they were forcibly removed by the police on Wednesday night. Police earlier said that the deceased were OGWs, but later changed their statement saying that Altaf was killed in the crossfire.