Curfew In 6 North Kashmir Towns31 October 2010
Srinagar: Police imposed curfew in several towns of north Kashmir on Sunday even as the Valley remained shut on account of the shutdown call given by the Hurriyat Conference (G). Incidents of protests and stone pelting were reported from several parts of the Valley leaving many injured. Police said curfew has been put in place in several north Kashmir towns including Delina, Palhallan, Kupwara,Trehgam, Kralpora and Bandipora. Police said the restrictions were lifted in the curfew-bound areas of Kupwara later in the day. The situation in the summer capital remained peaceful. Shops and businesses remained closed while public transport stayed off the roads. However, private vehicles plied normally in most of the areas. In uptown Peerbagh area, a civilian was injured after he was hit by a stray stone. Muhammad Shafi Dar son of Fida Hussian Dar of Gang-Bugh suffered head injuries at Peerbagh when protesters pelted a stone at him, police said. Dar was shifted to SK Institute of Medical Sciences Soura. Protests also broke out in Zairat Batmaloo in uptown here. Youth pelted police and CRPF parties with stones who later chased them away. In Bandipora, scores of people took to streets and staged pro-freedom protests following the arrest of several youth in Hajin. Locals said police raided houses of several youth last night and arrested two youth identified as Peer Firdous and Muhammad Shafi from Hajin locality. Bandipora has been under constant curfew since October 25, when anti-government protests turned violent at Gram Sabha rally in the town. Protests broke out in Nusoo and Ward No 2 during the day amid curfew. Two persons identified as Jan Muhammad Parray and Showkat Ahmed were injured when police lobbed tear smoke canisters and resorted to aerial firing to disperse a group of youth near Nusoo. In Ward 3, protests broke out after a youth identified as Nissar Ahmed Mir was picked up by a joint party of police and CRPF. Locals alleged that CRPF troopers ransacked residential houses and beat up inmates. After the incident, people again came out on roads in large numbers and staged protests demanding action against the troopers. They also pelted stones on police and CRPF. In Palhallan town, police arrested two youth who on way to home after appearing in the Class XII examination. Locals identified them as Feroz Ahmad Parray and Mudasir Ahmad-both residents of Raipora, Palhallan.