July 2016 News

Youm-e-Qudus: Protests, Clashes Across Kashmir

1 July 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Massive clashes and anti-Israel protests marked the Jumat-ul-Vida, the last Friday of Ramadhan in Kashmir, which was observed as Youm-e-Qudus-the solidarity day with the people of Palestine. Witnesses said that massive clashes erupted in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar. Police resorted to tear gas shelling and fired dozens of pellets to quell the mob. Witnesses said hundreds of youth took to the streets and started massive protests after Friday prayers. The protestors were chanting pro-freedom, pro-Islam and anti-Israel slogans. Witnesses said youth tried to march towards Nowhatta Police Station but they were intercepted by the police and pushed back. Police fired dozens of tear gas shells and pellets to disperse the protestors who were refusing to disperse. 'Our men exercised maximum restraint and used minimum force today,' a police official said. NORTH KASHMIR: Scores of youth in north Kashmir's Baramulla town held a protest demonstration on Friday afternoon. Witnesses said that a group of youth soon after the Friday prayers appeared on tehsil road Baramulla and started pelting stones towards police station Baramulla. Police immediately swung in to action and pushed protesters towards the cement bridge. Police lobbed scores of tear gas shells to quell the protesting youth and clashes continued for some time. Earlier, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, addressed Friday gathering at Masjid Baitul Makaram on phone. In Sopore, clashes and protests erupted at many places after Friday prayers. Youth appeared at main chowk and started shouting slogans and resorted to stone pelting on the forces deployed there. In north Kashmir's Kupwara district, dozens of people and scores of police men got injured during clashes between youth and forces. Reports said that after Friday prayers at Markazi Jamia Masjid Kupwara, the youth took to streets and staged protest against the arrest of youth. A journalist Dar Rafiq was allegedly beaten by police. BMO Kupwara, Dr Fareed Ahmad, said that at least 21 civilians received injuries during the clashes who were treated in the hospital. SOUTH KASHMIR: Amid a complete shutdown in many areas, clashes erupted in Newa and Pulwama between youth and forces in which scores of youth got injured. Reports said that all the shops, business establishments and other offices were closed in Newa, Kakapora, Pahoo, Pulwama, Parigam, Wurwan, Malwari, Gundibagh on the second consecutive day to mourn the death of two LeT militants, killed in a gun-battle Thursday. 'Two injured were brought to district hospital Pulwama having pallet injuries,' a doctor told Greater Kashmir. Clashes also erupted in Pulwama town when youth took to streets at Muran Chowk after Friday prayers and pelted stones on forces.