Srinagar: The situation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to remain tense as there have been fresh protests over the BSF firing in Srinagar's Ramban that left four people dead. Srinagar has literally shut down.
The BSF unit involved has now been replaced by the state police. The Amarnath Yatra has been halted as Ramban remains tense.
On Thursday, BSF troops allegedly opened fire indiscriminately killing four and wounding 25 others. While, the BSF says it fired in self-defence, eyewitnesses claim the incident began over a tiff between locals and a BSF unit.
While the Omar Abdullah government is struggling to deal with the protests, an apparently peeved Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, has ordered a probe.
But the probe has done little to soothe the frayed nerves of the people. From Chenab valley to Kashmir, protests are only spreading. The separatists have joined the fray and called for a three-day strike. Meanwhile, the government has suspended mobile internet services and is likely to impose restrictions.
Locals claim protests began when a BSF personnel allegedly thrashed a local Imam and desecrated the holy Quran inside a religious place. But the BSF is in denial, saying it fired in self defence when protesters were planning to storm the camp.
"Troops were doing routine checking and some people assembled there and started protesting. Local police and administration was immediately informed," said the Inspector General of BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rajiv Krishna.