Valley Erupts Over Rape Allegations
10 November 2004
Srinagar: Over a dozen protesters were injured and eight persons, including the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yaseen Malik, were detained today as demonstrations against the alleged rape of a woman and her teenaged daughter reverberated in the Kashmir Valley which observed a near complete shutdown. Kashmir University was also closed indefinitely following two days of violent demonstrations against the 6 November Handwara incident. Protestors in Maisuma, Lal Chowk, Abi Guzar, Gawkadal, Madina Chowk, Barbar Shah, Redcross Road, Basant Bagh, Budshah Chowk and Koker Bazar took to streets early today shouting slogans against the Centre and the state governments, official sources said. As police tried to disperse the irate crowds by baton charge and tear gas shells, the protestors indulged in stone-pelting. Nine civilians and four policemen sustained minor injuries, the sources said. Six protestors were also detained by the police. JKLF chairman was detained alongwith his party colleague Sheikh Abdul Rashid outside the local office of the United Nations Military Observors Group (unmog) at Sonawar here this afternoon. China-made globes banned The Delhi High Court today banned the import and marketing of China-made globes in India showing J&K as not an integral part of Indian territory.