August 2016 News

Senior Cops Injured In Stone-throwing In Doda

12 August 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ranjit Thakur

Doda: About a dozen people, including senior police officers, were injured in clashes between protesters and the police in Doda district following Friday prayers. Doda Senior Superintendent of Police Zahid Manhas also received minor injuries in stone-throwing, the police said. The stone-throwing started following the arrest of three local youths in Doda town of the Jammu region on Friday afternoon for allegedly instigating people and raising pro-freedom slogans outside the Faridya Masjid in Mohalla Astan during a protest over the killings in Kashmir. 'As people were coming out of the Faridya Masjid, the police took in custody three youths which triggered the protest. Thereafter, people started gathering outside Jamia Masjid where policemen resorted to a lathicharge and the protesters began stone-throwing,' an eyewitness said. Two of the youths taken into custody have been identified as Rehmtullah, a resident of Dessa, and Shahid Hussain, a resident of Bevoli. The identity of the third youth is not known yet. The situation remained tense for over three hours amid stone-throwing in the town. Though Jamia Masjid imam Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy tried to calm the frayed tempers, the protest continued. The protesters demanded release of the youths and stern action against police officers for ordering the lathicharge without any provocation. Those injured in stone-throwing incident have been identified as Deputy Superintendent of Police (Headquarters) Abdul Qayoom Ronyal, Station House Officer Udhay Wazir, Sub-Inspector Kulbushan Singh Rana, Assistant Sub-Inspector Naresh Thakur, Constable Mahroof Ahmed, Constable SS Thakur and two civilians Farooq Ahmed and Ghulam Hussain. The DSP said, 'SSP Zahid Manhas was hit with stones when he was trying to calm the protesters outside the Jamia Masjid. During stone-throwing, I received injuries on my leg.' Search op in Jammu After the police received inputs of suspicious movement in the Kunjwani area of Jammu city, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the J&K Police launched a massive search operation in the area with the help of the Army. The search operation continued till late on Friday afternoon but nothing was found. Jammu is already on a high alert on the eve of Independence Day, especially after getting a letter warning of serial blasts in the winter capital.