Yasin Malik among 50 injured in unabated Kashmir violence

28 June 2008
The Hindu

Srinagar: At least 50 people, including Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik, were injured as violent protests continued in the Valley on Saturday. The police burst teargas shells, resorted to lathi charge and fired in the air to disperse the demonstrators who were protesting, for the sixth consecutive day, against the transfer of forest land to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board. According to eyewitnesses, the protesters led by Mr. Malik took out a march from Maisuma in the morning, but it was intercepted by the police near Budshah Chowk. “Police fired teargas shells and pounced on Mr. Malik,” they said. A JKLF activist said he was rushed to the Bone and Joint Hospital here. “His shoulder has been fractured.” The police arrested Nayeem Ahmed Khan and Shabir Ahmed Shah from the office of the Hurriyat Conference (Mirwaiz) at Rajbagh. They also “ransacked the office,” Hurriyat activists alleged. In the old city, the police opened fire and injured two people when demonstrators attacked police stations at Alamgari Bazar and Zadibal. Angry protesters also attacked the station at Chanapora. A police spokesman said at least 34 people, including five policemen, were injured in various incidents in and on the outskirts of Srinagar and at Sangrama Baramulla. A civilian and a head constable were seriously injured. Stone-throwing incidents were reported from Pulwama, Baramulla and Sopore. Small processions in some other parts of the Valley dispersed peacefully. Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir witnessed complete strike. Government offices, shops and business establishments remained closed. Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq returned from his Pakistan visit, and straightway drove to Syed Ali Geelani’s residence. Mr. Geelani has been under house arrest for the past five days. Both discussed the situation in Kashmir. Later, the Mirwaiz said what was happening was a public movement. “Unless and until the government order [on land allotment for the shrine board] is revoked, the situation cannot be controlled.”