Shutdown in Shopian; Union Home Minister seeks debate on interlocutors’ report; CRPF Patrol attacked by gunmen in Srinagar
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  • (MAY 28-JUNE 3)

    According to reports, despite no call given by any organization on the anniversary of alleged double-murder and rape of Asiya Jan and Neelofar, a complete strike was observed in Shopian town on 29 May, 2012. All shops and business establishments remained closed while transport was also off the roads. It would be worth noting that Asiya Jan and Neelofar were found dead in Rambiara nallah, near police and forces camp, in 2009 after they had left home for their orchards. The incident triggered massive protests across the valley during which several youth were killed in forces and police firing. 1

    In another development, according to reports, seeking an informed debate on the Jammu and Kashmir interlocutors report, Home Minister P Chidambaram said the Government will take a view on it including the recommendation on setting up of a Constitutional Committee at a later stage. The Government has not taken a view, the Union Minister told his monthly press conference to a question whether the Government will accept the interlocutors’ recommendations for setting up a Constitutional Committee to review all the Central Acts and Articles of the Constitution extended to the state. The Home Minister said the interlocutors have offered to act as resource persons to facilitate the debate. 2

    In other develoepmts, reports noted that at least seven CRPF personnel were wounded when some gunmen opened fire on them in old city, Srinagar. Sources said motorcycle borne gunmen opened fire on CRPF vehicle of 82 Battalion near JLNM Hospital (Victor Crossing) in Khanyar area of the old city. The injured CRPF men were hospitalized while the militants managed to escape after the attack. 3