'Angry Forces Smash Hundreds Of Vehicles, Windows'

30 October 2015
Greater Kashmir
Showkat Dar

Kulgam: Amid complete shutdown in Kulgam and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir to mourn the death of LeT commander Abu Qasim, clashes erupted at many places while forces allegedly broke the windows of houses and vehicles during night in Kulgam and Bugaam. The locals of Kulgaam and Bugaam alleged that forces last night barged into the courtyards of numerous houses and smashed the windows and also damaged hundreds of parked vehicles. 'The forces late night came to Kulgam town and damaged all the vehicles parked outside the houses. They also barged inside the courtyards of houses and broke the window panes of houses. They are furious on the massive participation of people in the funeral of Abu Qasim,' locals said. 'The forces also damaged houses in Bugaam village,' they alleged adding that the forces beat up the inmates in some houses too. However, a police official said that the allegations are baseless and the windows might have been broken during stone pelting. 'The people are lying. The forces did not ransack any house or damaged any vehicle. They probably have been damaged during stone pelting,' a police officer said. However Deputy Commissioner Kulgam ordered a probe into the matter after receiving complaints from the people. Amid complete strike, clashes erupted in Tral town after Friday prayers. 'Scores of youth took to streets and pelted stones on the forces near police station. The forces lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse them,' witnesses said. 'The pitched battles were on till 4 pm,' they said. A complete shutdown was observed throughout Kulgam district on the second consecutive day to mourn the death of the militant commander. Life remained paralysed as all the shops, other establishments and offices remained closed. The roads were wearing deserted look as traffic was off the roads, reports said. People after Friday prayers took to streets and held peaceful protests in the town. Complete shutdown was also observed in Pulwama district to mourn the death of militants Afaq Bhat of Karimabad Pulwama and Abu Qasim of Pakistan. Most wanted commander of of LeT, Abu Qasim, was killed yesterday in an encounter with police and army in Khandaypora Kulgam. Massive clashes and protests had erupted in South Kashmir after the incident. Thousands of people attended the funeral procession of the slain commander.