September 2016 News

DAY 69 : Kulgam Youth Succumbs, Death Toll Reaches 84

15 September 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: A 23-year-old youth from South Kashmir's Kulgam district succumbed to injuries at SK Institute of Medical Sciences here, taking the death toll in the ongoing uprising that entered its 69th day on Thursday, to 84. At least 30 more youth sustained pellet and teargas shell injuries in day-long clashes across Kashmir while over 500 were wounded on two days of Eid-ul-Adha when government disallowed even Eid prayers by imposing stringent curfew. The youth who succumbed on Thursday was identified as Rasik Ahmed Bhat, 23, son of Muhammad Yousuf of Nowpora-Devsar area in Kulgam. Rasik was hit by a bullet during clashes at Zangalpora Kulgam on September 5 and was battling for life at SKIMS. 'He was in Intensive Care Unit. He breathed his last at 4 pm,' a doctor said. Earlier, on first day of Eid-ul-Adha, two youth were killed in forces' action-one in north Kashmir's Bandipora district and another in South Kashmir's Shopian district. On the second day of Eid-ul-Adha, another youth was allegedly beaten to death by Army at Hardhsiva, Sopore. SOUTH KASHMIR Reports said clashes broke out at Soas area of Kokernag Anantnag in which four youth sustained injuries. A youth was allegedly stabbed by forces at Bachroo area of Kulgam. He was identified as Ramez Ahmed, 30, son of Naizr Ahmed Ganai, and was removed to SKIMS Soura for specialized treatment. Residents said people staged protests in Bijbehera against the arrest of youths. Clashes also erupted in Iqabalabad area of Anantnag town. Reports said curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Anantnag and Pulwama towns. Similar restrictions were in place in Shopian district as well, even as Army has already been deployed in majority of South Kashmir areas. The forces allegedly resorted to vandalism in Samboora area of Pampore, triggering protests. Forces fired dozens of teargas shells and pellets in which eight youth sustained injuries and four of them, who had pellet injuries in their eyes, were shifted to SMHS hospital. NORTH KASHMIR Two forces personnel were injured during clashes in Pattan market on Thursday afternoon, while two civilians suffered injuries in the subsequent action by forces, reports said. According to reports, at around 3 pm, a group of youth appeared in Pattan market and started pelting stones at SSB personnel deployed in the market. Two personnel suffered injuries in the clashes, reports said, and one of them with head injury was shifted to a Srinagar hospital. Soon after the incident, a contingent of SSB entered Gojri Mohalla and Zargar Mohalla and ransacked several houses. Some residents were injured in the forces' action. Among the injured include a handicapped person identified as Muhammad Sultan Gojri and a woman. Later local police intervened and prevented the situation from getting out of control, reports said. Meanwhile, strict restrictions remained in place in Baramulla town on Thursday. The police closed Bridges connecting Old Town with Civil Lines areas. Eid in Baramulla too was celebrated with austerity. The police had imposed strict curfew on Eid day and all lanes and by-lanes in uptown were closed by army and policemen. However in uptown, amid strict curfew, hundreds of people held a massive demonstration in Kanlibagh, Baramulla against the district administration move to not allow Eid prayers in Jadeed Eidgah. In old town Baramulla, Eid prayers were offered in Qadeem Eidgah in which thousands of people participated. Reports from Sopore said protests were held in Hardshiva, Muslim Peer, Hathikhan, Tujjarsharif, Bomia and other areas. 20 youth sustained injuries in the forces' action. Reports from Kupwara district said restrictions were imposed in the district. Forces allegedly went on rampage in Hyan, Trehgam on Wednesday and resorted to breaking of windowpanes of many residential houses. The forces also allegedly damaged the house of former Bar President Kupwara, Advocate Bilal Malik. SRINAGAR Reports said stringent curbs were in place in majority of Old Srinagar areas to thwart protests. However, hundreds of youth took to streets at Malik Sahab Safa Kadal and hurled stones and bricks at police and paramilitary forces. The forces retaliated with teargas shells and pellets in which eight youth sustained injuries. In the evening, a major protest rally was held from Nowhatta that marched towards Nawa Kadal where forces intercepted it and resorted to firing and teargas shelling in which 10 youth sustained injuries. Reports of intense clashes poured in from Nowgam area of uptown while pro-freedom marches were held in Hyderpora, Peerbagh, Lasjan and Soiteng. Reports of evening clashes also poured in from Hawal, Eidgah, Palpora, Noorbagh, Khanyar, Rainawari and Kathidarwaza. However, there were no reports of injuries. CENTRAL KASHMIR Two youth sustained pellet injuries in Ompora area of Budgam district on Thursday evening. A complete shutdown was observed in the district, reports said. Locals of Thune village in Ganderbal district alleged that cops at local police station beat them ruthlessly. 'Some elders of the village were invited to Police Station Kangan to seek their cooperation to prevent pro-freedom protests and stone-pelting incidents,' said locals. 'All elders, aged above 70 years, were abused and beaten by police. All of them sustained injuries in police action,' they alleged. They identified the injured persons as Nabardar Ghulam Qadir Najar, Sarpanch Ali Muhammad Malik, senior member of local Intizamia Committee, Ali Muhammad Malik and Vice-President of Taxi Union Kangan, Abdul Majeed Malik. Reports said a peaceful protest march was held in Manigam, Behama and Arhama areas. EID ROUND-UP: Two youth were killed and over 250 injured in clashes between protesters and forces on Tuesday (Eid-ul-Adha day), even as authorities imposed tight curfew-perhaps strictest in Kashmir's history on Eid day. The authorities also disallowed Eid congregational prayers at Dargah Hazratbal shrine, Eidgah Srinagar, and also at Jamia Masjid Srinagar. Curfew remained in place in all 10 districts of Kashmir to foil the 'UN Chalo' called by the resistance leadership. A policeman injured in Nowhatta attack of August 15 succumbed at AIIIMS New Delhi while another cop died of heart attack after a tear smoke shell landed near his home in Awantipora, reports said. A youth Mustafa Ahmad Mir was hit by a teargas shell in Bandipora district in north Kashmir, resulting in his spot death while another youth, Shahid Ahmad died due to pellet injuries in Nagbal village of Shopian district of South Kashmir. Four persons were injured in clashes with forces in South Kashmir's Anantnag district. The clashes, according to reports, erupted in Shirpora area of the town. 24 persons were injured after forces barged into houses and thrashed inmates in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district, witnesses said. They said forces allegedly barged into homes in Ahangar Mohalla Dhobi Ghat Bijbehara and damaged goods worth lakhs of rupees. They also thrashed the inmates, resulting in injuries to 24 people, including women. At least 20 persons were injured after clashes erupted between protesters and forces in Kokernag area. Reports and witnesses said at least 20 youth sustained injuries in clashes that erupted in its Vailoo village. 20 persons were injured in clashes with forces in Dooru area of Anantnag. Reports and witnesses said clashes erupted after forces tried to foil a pro-freedom demonstration in Dooru. At least eight persons were injured in clashes with forces in Kulgam district. Reports said clashes erupted after people defied curfew in Kulgam town. Over a dozen persons were injured in clashes with forces in Shopian district on Tuesday. Witnesses and reports said more than 20 persons were injured in Memandar village of the district. Two among the injured were referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. Three army battalions have been moved to South Kashmir, officials said. A top army official from Udhampur told Greater Kashmir that an infantry brigade, which consists of three infantry battalions, has been moved to southern villages. He said the deployment is being made in addition to already deployed army personnel in these areas. The official said army soldiers would assist police and paramilitary forces in 'defusing the situation.' A policeman suffered cardiac arrest in Awantipora area of Pulwama district. The family members of Jalal-u-din, 45, said he suffered a cardiac arrest due to shelling which was going on outside their home in Awantipora. Din was working as head constable with Jammu and Kashmir Police. Dozens of persons were injured in clashes in Ganderbal district on Eid days. Over a dozen protesters were injured in Safapora area after youth took to streets to protest alleged excesses by forces. Reports said forces barged into houses, thrashed the inmates and damaged vehicles. Over a dozen people were detained during a raid by forces, they said. In Bhadar Kund village of the district, residents alleged forces vandalized houses. Clashes erupted after protesters took to streets against this alleged high-handedness. Six persons, they said, were injured after forces fired pellets and tear smoke shells to break up the protests. Clashes erupted between protesters and forces in Natipora and Humhama areas. Eyewitnesses said people from Natipora and its adjoining localities took to streets after offering Eid prayers at their local mosques. They said forces resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protesters. In Humhama area, youth clashed with forces after Eid prayers. Witnesses said forces fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters. Several people were injured in the clashes, they said. Eid prayers were not offered at revered shrine of Hazrat Syed Yaqoob Sahib (RA) in Sonwar area of Srinagar due to curfew imposed by the police. Witnesses said all the entry points towards the shrine were sealed to prevent people from marching towards the nearby UN office. The resistance leadership had asked people to march towards the UN office. Fearing post-prayer protests, authorities in Jammu and Kashmir sealed all roads leading to Dargah, Hazratbal and Jamia Masjid in Srinagar to prevent people from offering Eid prayers. No Eid prayers were held at the historic Eidgah in old Srinagar as well. Reports said that police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength around these mosques. At least four people were injured in clashes with forces in Handwara area of north Kashmir's Kupwara district. Witnesses said that protesters pelted stones at police post in Magam Handwara, following which forces resorted to tear smoke shelling. At least four persons were injured in these clashes. One among the injured was referred to Srinagar for specialized treatment. Clashes also erupted in Handwara town and Waskura village. Special prayers were held for peace in Kashmir during Eid Nimaz in Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh division on Tuesday. The prayers were offered by big congregations of people at Jamia Masjid Kargil, Islamia School, Majid Noorbakshia and Eidgah. The prayers were organised by Imam Khomeini Memorial Trust, Islamia School and JammatAhl-e-Sunnat Kargil. Big gatherings were seen in different mosques in Sankoo, Suru, Sharogole, Wakha, Drass and Zanaskar areas. The clerics offered special prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain and other parts of Islamic world. A youth was allegedly beaten to death by army in a village in Sopore area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district last night. Eyewitnesses said the bruised body of 24-year-old Manzoor Lone, son of Ghulam Rasool, resident of Hardshiva was found in a stone quarry early in the morning. They said that some youths hurled rocks at the army camp after offering Eid prayers at Eidgah, Zainageer, which is located less than 100 metres from the camp of 22 RR in Pazalpora. 'The army men chased the stone-pelting youths. Manzoor hid himself in the stone quarry after the chase. Army men caught hold of him and thrashed him mercilessly,' said witnesses. 'He was later bundled into an army vehicle and taken to their camp. But he had already expired.'