August 2016 News

Govt Foils Eidgah March As Curfew, Shutdown Continues

11 August 2016
Rising Kashmir
Sumaiya Yousuf

Srinagar: The government Thursday foiled the Eidgah march called by separatists by imposing curfew in downtown Srinagar and detaining chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference. Protests and clashes continued in the Valley as curfew, restrictions and shutdown remained in force for 34th consecutive day. A police official said curfew was imposed in parts of downtown Srinagar to foil the Eidgah march. Police and CRPF men had blocked all the roads leading to martyrs graveyard at Eidgah and strict curfew was imposed in the areas around it. Separatists had called for Eidgah march to pay tributes to slain Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz and those who were killed by forces in 2008 and 2010 uprisings. Police also foiled some attempts by people to defy the restrictions and march towards the Eidgah Police detained Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani outside his Hyderpora residence when he tried to march towards Eidgah. He was lodged in Police station Humhama. Muslim League leader, Abdul Ahad Parra was also detained along with Geelani. Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also detained by cops when he tried to defy house arrest restrictions and march towards Eidgah. He was lodged in Police Station Nageen. Both the leaders were later released in the evening and again placed under house arrest at their respective residences. The policemen also detained Hurriyat (M) leader Masroor Abbas Ansari, when he took out a march from Khanqah-e-Sokhta Nawa Kadal and headed towards the martyrs' graveyard, Eidgah. The cops also fired tear smoke shells and resorted to baton charge to disperse his supporters, who were chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The curfew also remained in force in Kulgam, Pulwama and parts of Anantnag districts. Hundreds of police and CRPF men were deployed on the roads. They had placed concertina wires on the roads to restrict movement of people. The restrictions also remained in force in Sopore, Baramulla, Handwara, Trehgam, Kupwara, Budgam and Ganderbal towns. Massive clashes broke out in Bemina area of Srinagar after CRPF men went berserk in Nundresh colony and barged into houses. Eyewitnesses said woman identified as Jameela wife of Abdul Rashid Khan of Nundresh Colony -B, suffered massive heart attack after she saw CRPF men beating locals and barging into her residential house and breaking windowpanes. The woman was rushed to hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead. As news of her death spread, people of Bemina including men, women and children took to roads and staged protest demonstration. The protestors took her body in a procession to Bemina bypass amid anti-India, pro-freedom and pro-Islamic slogans. In the ensuing clashes, scores of protesters were injured. Protests were going on till late evening. At least 58 people have been killed and over 7500 people including 4000 civilians injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley triggered by the killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. Since July 9, curfew and restrictions imposed by authorities and shutdown called by separatists have paralysed life in the Valley. It was for 34th consecutive day today that life in Valley remained crippled. Meanwhile, shops and business establishments opened in Srinagar and other parts the Valley during the relaxation period in shutdown. The shops and business establishments opened after 6 pm and people thronged the markets to buy essentials, food items and bakery. The separatists had announced relaxation in shutdown on alternate days from 6 pm. Srinagar Clashes broke out between cops and youth at many areas in Srinagar including Kaka sarai, Karan Nagar, Batamaloo, Goni Khen, Amira Kadal, Saraibal, Barzulla, Peerbagh, Sanat Nagar, Qamarwari, Abi Guzar, Tenkpora and Bohri Kadal. A peaceful pro-freedom protest was held in Kani Kadal area of Srinagar, in which men, children and mostly youth participated. The protesters were chanting slogans in favour of 'Azadi' and later dispersed peacefully. NORTH KASHMIR The residents of Hardushiva and Pazalpora areas of Sopore alleged that army men went berserk in the twin villages. 'The personnel of 22 RR camp located in Pazalpora went berserk in the twin villages. The army men beat dozens of youth and was forcing shopkeepers to open their shops,' they alleged. The residents of the twin villages today took to roads to protest against the excesses They identified five of the injured as Wasif Nabi, Fayaz Ahmad (mentally disturbed), Bashir Ahmad Wani, Ghulam Hassan and Firdous Ahmad. 'All the five were taken to hospital for treatment.' Protests also took place in Palhallan area of P against the nocturnal raids by police. SOUTH KASHMIR Thousands of people today attended a rally at Telangam in Pulwama district. People from many villages of Pulwama assembled in Telangam and raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The rally, which was also attended by women, was addressed by local elders. Clashes between youth and cops were reported from Goriwan area of Bijbehara in Anantnag district. Clashes between youth and cops were also reported from many other parts of South Kashmir. RAJOURI Muslims in Rajouri town observed complete shutdown against the civilians killings in Kashmir. The call for shutdown was issued by religious scholars to protest against the killing of at least 55 civilian in forces' action on protests in the Valley. Business establishments of Muslims remained closed while traffic is also thin on roads. POLICE VERSION A police spokesman said the situation in valley remained by and large normal today barring few incidents of stone pelting. 'Although restrictions under section 144-CrPC remained in force in the Valley, curfew was imposed in some parts of Srinagar, Pampore town and Anantnag town only,' he said. The spokesman said miscreants pelted stones on security deployments in Goriwan area of Bijbehara, Anantnag. 'Later on they were chased away by using mild force'. 'In Srinagar a group of miscreants pelted stones on security deployments near Kakasarai in the jurisdiction of Police Station Karan Nagar, Srinagar. They were chased away,' he said.