Public anger against New Delhi in the Kashmir Valley, disputed by India and Pakistan, has been brewing since the two nations’ armies agreed to uphold the ceasefire agreement in February.
Twenty-five-year-old Jawed was one of several Kashmiris who threw stones at Indian security forces on 1 April when they raided a home where terrorists linked to Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had been hiding for several days.
“The militant killed was a local. He was from south Kashmir. After the encounter got over in the morning, almost all the youth from our village rushed outside and started pelting stones. That is the only way we could express our anger,” Jawad told Sputnik.
Three terrorists were killed in the encounter in Kakpora, in southern Kashmir’s Pulwama district. After the raid, local residents clashed with the Indian security forces.
As the crowd mourned the deaths of the “local boys,” who had orchestrated attacks on Indian forces, local shopkeepers downed their shutters in protest against the authorities. They said they didn’t care about losing business and that expressing solidarity with the local militants was “far more important.”