Shutdown In Baramulla12 June 2010
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Baramulla did not join the rest of the Kashmir Valley in separatist agitation, in protest against a statement from the Hurriyat Conference. The agitation on Saturday was against the alleged killing of Tufail Ahmad Matoo (17) on June 11 by the security forces in a stone-pelting encounter. Instead, Baramulla, 50km north of Srinagar, observed a shutdown on Saturday. Protestors in the city were angry at the Hurriyat Conference’s remark that the body had identified some Baramulla stone-throwers who were backed by government agencies. 'Our innocent youth are detained by police and no one speaks for them,' a protester said. The city, besides Sopore and Srinagar, witnesses stone-pelting nearly every Friday and on days of shutdown. About 600 young people gathered in Baramulla town on Friday and told media persons that they would neither indulge in stone-pelting nor follow any course of action given out by the Hurriyat Conference. 'The Hurriyat has disgraced us,' one of them said. They said earlier the Hurriyat backed stone-pelting and termed it a tool of resistance. 'Now they ridicule it for reasons only known to them.' The police had arrested more than 12 young people over the past few days and charged them with pelting stones, they said.