Kashmir Shuts For Geelani: Clashes In Bandipore, 6 Youth Held22 February 2011
Srinagar: While, Kashmir valley on Tuesday observed partial shutdown against the curbs imposed by Delhi Police on the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he was not bothered by the strikes. Normal life was affected in both civil lines and old city areas in Srinagar with most of the shops and business establishments remaining closed and public transport being off the roads. However, minibuses and private transport plied in some areas. Authorities had deployed scores of policemen and paramilitary CRPF men in volatile areas to thwart protests. Meanwhile, Shopian, Islamabad (Anantnag), Kulgam, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara districts also observed a complete shutdown in response to the strike call. Pertinently, Hurriyat (G) on Sunday had said that Delhi Police have asked Geelani not to leave New Delhi, where here had gone for treatment. The conglomerate had asked the people to observe a shutdown against Delhi Police’s “diktat.” BARAMULLA Meanwhile, residents of old town Baramulla on Tuesday alleged that forces raided mohalla Jamia and thrashed several youth. “Two youth were injured in forces thrashing,” they alleged. Later scores of women assembled outside the police station Baramulla and demanded immediate release of the youth arrested during the past few days. Scores of youth, according to the officials, took to streets and pelted stones on the soldiers of Rashtriya Rifles near bus stand Baramulla, but they (soldiers) avoided the clash with protesters and left the spot. Police and CRPF men were also deployed in strength in areas of Chankhan bridge, main Chowk and adjacent areas of neighboring Sopore town. POLICE SPEAKS A police spokesman said: “Some miscreants this afternoon attempted to disrupt peace in Baramulla, by resorting to stone pelting on Police and forces deployments. Police exercised maximum restraint and miscreants were chased away. Later normalcy was restored in the area.” Tariq Rasool adds from Bandipora: Police on Monday arrested six youth on the charges of stone pelting in this north Kashmir town. Witnesses said that amid complete shutdown youth took to the streets in different localities of the town and engaged policemen in pitched battles. Later police arrested six youth and lodged them in Bandipore police station. The arrested youth were identified as Naseer Ahmad Akhoon, Suhail Ahmed Sheikh, Showket Ahmed Dar, Feroze Ahmed, Sajad Ahmed Kumar and Rameez Ahmed all of Bandipore town. Talking to Greater Kashmir Additional Superintendent of Police Bandipore Shamsher Hussain said, “Arrested youth will be released soon.” NOT BOTHERED: OMAR Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that if people want to observe shutdown “because someone’s Hawala money is alleged to have been caught then so be it,” Omar wrote on social networking site, Twitter.