People Defy Cordon In Bl’a, Sopore, Isl’bad And Bandipora23 July 2010
Srinagar: Authorities imposed curfew in Bandipora, Baramulla, Sopore and enforced tougher restrictions in old city Srinagar and other parts of Valley to foil Hurriyat (G’s) “Khankah March” and protest call. However, defying restrictions people staged demonstrations at Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, uptown Srinagar and South Kashmir and clashed with police and paramilitary personnel. At least 52 persons including a DSP and four policemen were injured in the clashes. Officials said more than 20,000 additional troops were deployed in Srinagar to prevent people from staging demonstrations and marching towards the shrine of Khankah. Khankah and its adjoining areas were sealed by the cops and nobody was allowed to move towards the shrine. Curfew like restrictions was enforced in Habba-kadal, Fateh kadal, Bohri kadal, Naidkadal to foil the separatists march. The tougher restrictions were also put in police at Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharajgunj, Rainawari, Safakadal Soura, Lalbazar, Nigeen and Noorbagh in old city and Batmaloo, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Shaheedgunj localities in uptown Srinagar. The cops had laid concertina wires and erected barricades to impede the movement of people. However, defying restrictions youth came out on roads at Hyderpoa area in uptown Srinagar and staged anti-India protests. Chanting pro-freedom, pro-Islamic and anti-India slogans, the protestors were demanding action against the police and CRPF men involved in recent killing of youth. The protestors burnt the effigy of chief minister Omar Abdullah and later clashed with police and CRPF men, who lobbed tear smoke shells and resorted to baton charge. Police also arrested two protestors. People also took to roads at Lasjan, Soiteing, Nishat, Shalimar, Pandich Nagbal, Galwanpora and adjoining areas and staged demonstrations. Meanwhile, a police spokesman said some unknown persons lobbed a grenade towards CRPF bunker at SICOP building Chanpora. “The grenade exploded on the road without causing any loss of life or damage to property,” he said. North Authorities enforced curfew in Baramulla, Sopore and Kupwara towns to prevent people from taking to roads. Hundreds of CRPF and policemen wearing riot and equipped with sophisticated weapons were deployed in lanes and by lanes of Baramulla to prevent people from staging protests. Police had sealed, Cement Bridge, Azad Gunj Bridge and SRTC Bridge with barricades and barbed wire to restrict the movement of people. However, hundreds of people took to roads in old town Baramulla and protested against the killing of Faizan Buhroo and Fayaz Ahmad Banday in police action. They took out a procession and marched towards Eidgah. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans the protestors were demanding action against the killers of Faizan and Fayaz. “We want arrest of SOG man Kak Mir and murder charges should be filed against him,” a protester said adding the government should not shelter the ‘criminal’. The processionists were intercepted by police and CRPF men near Azad Gunj bridge. The cops fired tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charges. The protesters retaliated by hurling stones and bricks towards them. At least 12 persons sustained injuries in the clashes. The residents of old town Baramulla said that wooden bridge in Old town suffered damage during clashes between protestors and cops. Police alleged that the wooden bridge suffered damage after the protestors fired petrol bombs. Hundreds of people also staged demonstration in Rafiabad and offered special prayers on the grave of Fayaz Ahmad Khanday. Protests were also held at Palhallan, Pattan. The cops lobbed tear smoke shells and resorted to baton charge to quell the protestors, who retaliated by hurling stones and bricks towards them. As the clashes continued, cops fired several rounds in air. A police officer sustained injury in the leg during the clashes. The locals alleged that he was fired upon by his own personal security guard. The clashes were also reported from curfew-hit Sopore. The clashes also took place in Kupwara town, Lolab, Sogam, Trehgam, Kreeri and Kralpora areas in border district of Kupwara after Friday prayers. At least 15 persons including some cops were injured in the clashes. The locals alleged that such heavy was tear gas shelling that some canisters exploded inside the compounds of residential houses. “Windowpanes of a local mosque were also damaged in the police action,” they alleged. SDPO Uri Masroor Ahmad Mir also sustained injuries during the clashes in North Kashmir. Meanwhile, defying curfew hundreds of youth from Papchan and Gamoora areas in Bandipora district took to roads after Friday prayers and tried to march towards the graveyard. However, they were intercepted by the police men near Nusoo, leading to clashes. The cops used force to disperse the protestors. The residents complained that they were not allowed to offer Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid Bandipora. The employees of essential services like Health, CAPD and PHE complained that CRPF is neither entertaining departmental identity cards nor curfew passes in Bandipora. The students also complained that the cops did not them to appear in the examinations by refusing to entertain their I-cards as curfew passes. The residents of Noorbagh Nowpora, Bandipora alleged that a CRPF party returning from Bandipora town late in the evening went berserk and injured many persons including 80 year old Abdul Aziz Lone. “The CRPF men without any provocation start beating people, who were coming out of a mosque near the Noor Masjid in the area. The troopers also barged into some residential houses and thrashed the women,” said residents. They said one of the persons identified as Ghulam Hassan suffered fracture in arm in CRPF beating. “It was only after the intervention of the local police that the troopers left the place,” they added. SOUTH Defying restrictions, youth took to roads in Pulwama and staged protest demonstrations. They clashed with the cops, who used force to disperse them. The cops also fired some rounds in air. Several persons were injured in the clashes. In the clashes at Chantpora, Pulwama at least 15 persons including a DSP and a woman were injured. The woman identified as Muneera was shifted to SKIMS for specialized treatment. Protests also took place at Mattan chowk, Kadipora and Malaknag areas in Islamabad district. Several persons sustained injuries in the clashes, which continued for some time. People also staged peaceful protests at Bijbehara, Awantipora and other areas in South Kashmir. Hundreds of people took out a peaceful procession at Bon Bazar Chowk in Shopian against the killings. Raising pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans, the protesters denounced the recent civilian killings. As the cops used force to disperse them, the youth pelted stones and bricks towards policemen, who retaliated by lobbing tear smoke shells. The pitched battles continued for some time.