Amid Curfew, Clashes Continue In Kashmir1 July 2010
Srinagar: Even as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked his Ministers to visit various areas to restore peace, life in the Kashmir Valley remained affected for the fifth day on Thursday with curfew in force and eruption of clashes. With roads wearing a deserted look and uneasy calm prevailing, life remained hit for the fifth day in Sopore and for the third day in Anantnag and Baramulla, besides adjoining areas. Despite restrictions enforced by the police and the Central Reserve Police Force, people took to the streets in Sopore, Sangam, Bijbehara, Malak Nag and Anchidora and staged demonstrations in protest against the killing of 11 youths by the CRPF and the police in the past 11 days. In Srinagar, severe restrictions were in force for the third day. All shops, educational institutions, banks, petrol pumps, business establishments and government offices remained shut on Thursday. Private operators ran skeletal transport service in the civil lines. Protests erupted at Kawdara, Natipora, Chattabal, Parimpora, Bemina and Maisuma in the city, with scores of people staging demonstrations. 12 injured Twelve people were injured when CRPF and police personnel resorted to a baton charge and burst teargas shells to break up a march at Chattabal. A group of women, led by Duktaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi, took out the march from Mughal Mohalla. When the women reached the Chattabal Bridge, a CRPF contingent and police intercepted them. As the protesters put up resistance, the troops fired teargas shells after a baton charge proved ineffective. Thousands of personnel, equipped with riot gear and arms, manned lanes, by-lanes, roads and the deserted streets of the city.