October 2016 News

Protests, Clashes, Shutdown Continue For 86th Day

2 October 2016
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Authorities on Sunday imposed curfew-like restrictions in some parts of Central Kashmir's Budgam district to thwart people from staging anti-India rallies while forces fired pellets and tear gas shells to quell protests in some other parts eve as life in Valley remained crippled for 86th consecutive day. A police official said curfew-like restrictions were imposed in Kawoosa and Narbal areas of Budgam district to prevent people from taking to roads to stage pro- freedom demonstrations and 'Narbal Chalo' call. A youth Muzaffar Ahmad of Kawoosa succumbed to pellet injuries at SKIMS, Bemina yesterday. Large number of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in both the area to enforce curfew and prevent people from taking to roads. The official said apart from two places in Budgam, curfew was not imposed in any other part of the Valley. He, however, said restrictions on assembly of more than four people remained in force across the Valley. Owing to restrictions and separatists-sponsored shutdown, normal life in Valley was affected. It was for the 86th consecutive day that life in Valley remained crippled by restrictions and shutdown. At least 90 people have been killed and over 12,000 injured in the unrest in the Valley triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, Maulana Bashir Ahmed led a pro- freedom rally in Nadirgund in outskirts of Srinagar. The residents of Nadirgun and adjoining areas including Peerbagh, Umarabad and Baghwanpora areas of Hydeprora also joined the pro-freedom rally. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors were demanding an end to civilian killings and resolution of the Kashmir issue. The forces fired tear smoke shells to disperse protestors at Sofi Mohalla, Mazhama in central Kashmir's Budgam district. At least half a dozen people were injured in the forces action. The locals had taken to the roads to protest highhandedness of forces. They alleged that forces had barged into some residential houses and ransacked the household goods. The residents of in Magam alleged CRPF men went on rampage in the area. 'The cops damaged windowpanes of 15 residential houses and 4 power transformers'. SOUTH KASHMIR Clashes erupted in Shopian after forces ransacked the house of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president, Mohammad Yousuf Fallahi. Fallahi, a resident of Muloo, Chitragam has been declared 'a proclaimed offender' by police for leading anti-India rallies in South Kashmir. Locals said forces raided the house of Fallahi and ransacked it. When people took to roads to protest force's highhandedness, the cops fired tear smoke shells and resorted to heavy baton charge to disperse them. About a dozen people sustained injuries in forces action. Unknown persons set on fire computer lab of Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Kulgam. 16 computers, furniture and mating was gutted in the fire. Deputy CEO Kulgam said he visited the site after the fire incident. 'There was a watchman in the school. He had run away after seeing people enter the school premises. An FIR has been registered'. NORTH KASHMIR Massive clashes erupted in Putshay area of Bandipora when police and CRPF men used force to foil a pro-freedom rally in the village. The cops fired tear smoke shells and pellets towards the people, who had assembled at the rally venue. Many people including women sustained injuries. Some of the injured were hit by pellets. POLICE SPEAKS A police spokesman said situation remained by and large peaceful in the Valley today barring a couple of stray stone pelting incidents. He said during the day greater movement of people and vehicular traffic was observed in Srinagar, besides Sunday market also opened in the city which was thronged by shoppers. 'Vehicles were also seen plying in the main towns as also on the inter-district roads,' he claimed. The spokesman said police is continuing its crackdown against stone pelters. 'Police arrested 60 people involved in various offences of creating disturbances in different part of the valley,' he said.