Shutdown, Clashes Mark End Of 4th Protest Chart24 July 2010
Srinagar: The protests by lawyers and doctors, clashes between cops and angry youth and shutdown marked the end of Hurriyat (G’s) 4th protest chart on Saturday. Many persons were hurt in clashes across the Valley while the youth resented UJC chairman Syed Salahuddin’s remarks on hartal. Responding to Hurriyat (G’s) protest call, lawyers staged a protest demonstration at Saddar Court Complex. Chanting pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans, they were demanding action against the police and paramilitary personnel involved in killing of youth. Former Bar president Nazir Ahmad Ronga threatened to go for hunger strike if the detained Bar president Mian Qayoom and general secretary G N Shaheen were not released. “In the beginning it will be for 12 hours and if nothing happens then I will go on fast-unto-death,” he said adding, “To intimidate us, government arrested our president and general secretary and booked them under PSA. The only offense of Qayoom, Shaheen and others is that they are unraveling truth in courts, speaking against murder of innocent youth and rape of women”. The medicos in GMC and JVC also staged demonstrations. Carrying banner “Wake-up UNO, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch: How much blood of Kashmirs you need?” , “India Stop lying, start leaving,”, “Stop slapping PSAs against innocents”, “Withdraw troops”, “Go India Go” and “Stop Media gag”, the medicos staged peaceful protests in GMC and the JVC Bemina. “We want democratic solution of the Kashmir as envisaged by the United Nations,” said a doctor. Meanwhile, stray incidents of stone pelting were reported in some old city and uptown areas of Srinagar. The youth during the protest demonstrations in old city areas resented UJC chairman Syed Salahuddin’s remarks wherein he had said that hartals won’t work and called for phase wise strikes. The government had eased restrictions. However, in response to Hurriyat (G’s) strike call, the shops and business establishments remained closed and vehicular traffic was off the roads. SOUTH The authorities eased restrictions in Islamabad and other areas. With the easing of restrictions, private transport started plying on the roads. However, the situation turned tense after groups of youth staged anti-Indian demonstration and pelted stones on the cops near Lal Chowk, Reeshi Bazar, Court Road and Naibasti. The cops fired tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the agitating people. The clashes continued for some time. Many were injured in the pitched battles. The protests spread to old town including Malakhnag, Cheeni Chowk, Kadipora and Sarnal and youth pelted stones and bricks towards the CRPF men, causing injuries to three troopers. People alleged that the cops broke window panes of several houses in Kadipora and Sarnal areas and beat up pedestrians. Clashes were also reported from Sheerpora and Janglat Mandi in Islamabad. In Kulgam and Shopian towns, people staged protests while severe restrictions were imposed in Pulwama town, which had witnessed clashes on Friday. Police clamped curfew in Chantipora area were several police men had sustained injuries during clashes yesterday. Shutdown and protests were also received from Bijbehra, Pampore, Tral , Qaimoh and Awantipora areas. Islamabad Bar Association took out protest march and it culminated at Lal Chowk. Chanting pro freedom slogans, the lawyers were demanding justice to those killed in CRPF and police firing from last one month. The procession of lawyers was later joined by traders. “Culprits involved in the murder of three teenagers in Anchidora on June 29 are still roaming free. The youth, who protested against this inhumane act ,are being booked under frivolous charges,” said district bar President Fayaz Ahmad Saudagar while addressing the lawyers. He accused investigating agencies of trying to shield the culprits. “Police have not yet filed an FIR against the accused police officials in Anchidora killing incident. Instead the preliminary FIR has blamed unidentified gunmen for the killings,” he said adding, “Magisterial inquiry ordered by the government has already been rejected by the family members of the victims and Bar Association”. The Bar Association later pledged to provide legal assistance to the victim’s family and also to those who have been detained by the police. Later in the evening, police and CRPF men fired in air to disperse protestors at Nai Basti. The locals alleged that cops barged into houses, damaged house hold items and manhandled women. “Four women were injured in the incident,” they said. NORTH People staged protests in Baramulla, Sopore and Pattan areas. The cops fired tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse the protestors at Palhalan, Pattan. A youth identified as Ashiq Bhat was critically injured in the police action. He was hit by a teargas canister on head and was rushed to SMHS hospital for specialized treatment. Like Srinagar, youth in Sopore, Pattan and other areas resented the statement of United Jehad Council Chairman Sayed Salahuddin whereby he has asked for phase wise strikes.