October 2016 News

Day 94: Sporadic Protests Mark Curfew, Shutdown

10 October 2016
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Authorities clamped curfew in 11 police station areas of Srinagar much to the inconvenience of people while normal life remained affected for the 94th consecutive day in the rest of the Valley following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. A police official said the curbs on the movement of people were imposed in the police station areas of Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma, Ram Munshi Bagh, Kralkhud, Shaheed Gunj, Karan Nagar and Batamaloo. The official said the curbs were imposed as a precautionary measure in view of the eighth day of Muhurram. The traditional Muharram procession used to pass through these areas, but have been banned since eruption of militancy in 1990 as authorities maintain that the religious gathering has been used for propagating separatist politics. According to the police spokesman, curfew was imposed in some areas of Srinagar city in view of sensitivity of some areas and as a precautionary measure. 'There was no curfew elsewhere in the valley. The situation across Kashmir remained by and large peaceful,' he maintained. The spokesman added that 40 persons were arrested by police in last 24 hours for their involvement in 'different offences of creating public disorder and disruption of normal activities'. The unrest, which has claimed 91 lives including that of two cops and left thousands of others injured in clashes between protestors and government forces, is in its fourth month as shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and educational institutions remained closed, while public transport continued to be off the roads. According to local news agency CNS, restrictions would remain in force in some areas on Tuesday and Wednesday also. He said the Alam, Tazia and Zuljanah processions would be allowed in the interior localities. Quoting officials, the news agency reported: 'All the Muharram processions, which have been permitted in last 27 years, would be allowed in restricted areas while the main procession of the 10th day of Muharram (Aashura) would not be allowed. in Kralteng area of Sopore Army men ransacked residential houses after stone-pelting incident. Locals, however, said no stone-pelting was going on in the area when Army went on rampage and barged into the houses to threaten people. Locals said scores of army personnel barged into the residences of Abdul Khaliq Halwai and Abdul Gani Matoo at Khushalmatto and Abdul Khaliq Kondu at Kraleteng and smashed windows and doors. 'They (army men) harassed the inmates and even women were not spared,' they said. Clashes erupted in old town Baramulla. Locals said youth resorted to heavy stone-pelting while government forces fired pellets and tear-smoke shells to disperse them. In South Kashmir, government forces damaged at least five power transformers when people tried to participate in a pro-freedom march at Lever Pahalgam area of Anantnag district. Eyewitnesses and reports said in a bid to foil the 'Lever Chalo' march, government forces sealed all the roads leading to the village while people from different villages including Khatsu, Khotas, Sallar, Wullarhama, Paryen and Jaigund were stopped from moving towards the venue. Government forces used pellets and tear-gas canisters to disperse the agitated protesters. During the clashes, forces fired bullets on the power transformers damaging them. 'The armed forces targeted five power transformers. They have suffered extensive damage and now the area will reel under darkness for weeks,' a local from Levar area told CNS. Hundreds of people participated in a unity rally organized by Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH), in Kehnusoo area of Bandipora. People from Kanibathi, Watlab, Ashtangoo, Zoorimanz and adjoining villages attended the rally organized in Jamia Masjid Kehnusoo. Tehsil President of TeH, Danish Malik, and other religious scholars addressed the rally that continued till afternoon. Later participants marched from Masjid to main Kehnusoo Chowk. 'Reports from Nadihal Bandipora said CRPF personnel caused massive damage to private property after a stone-pelting incident,' CNS reported.