October 2016 News

Unrest Enters 100th Day

15 October 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir and Khalid Gul

Srinagar: At least 25 people sustained injuries in security forces action on Saturday while protests and clashes broke out in various parts of South Kashmir as the ongoing unrest enters 100th day on Sunday. At least 94 people including two cops have been killed so far while over 14000 have sustained injuries. More than 750 people have sustained pellet injuries in their eyes with majority of them on the verge of losing eye-sight partially or fully. Meanwhile, markets opened in Srinagar and elsewhere after 5 PM on the relaxation call given by joint resistance leadership. Reports from South Kashmir's Shopian district said at least 20 persons were injured when clashes erupted in Nagbal village against the alleged beating and vandalizing of property by forces. Witnesses said that forces allegedly thrashed the inmates after barging into their houses in Urpara village at around 3 AM today. The men in uniform damaged whatever came their way. Properties worth crores of rupees were vandalized by the forces. These included refrigerators, washing machines and vehicles, witnesses said. They said announcements were made through loudspeakers and people staged massive protests against the forces' action. 'People from adjoining villages like Wedipora also rushed towards the village to protest. They (forces) fired pellets and bullets on protesters,' they said. One of the youth has received fire-arm injury in his leg and was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment. 'At least 20 civilians were injured in forces action. A motorcycle of a local scribe, Umar Rashid, was also damaged by the forces.' The police, however, said, 'On a tip off, police and forces cordoned off the Urpora -Nagbal area and conducted search operations early morning. At the time of withdrawal miscreants in large numbers from Hushnpora Daschnu and Humana etc. assembled and pelted stones on the joint party. Thirty eight police CRPF-security men were injured and four of their vehicles were damaged. Police and forces exercised maximum restraint. The miscreants were chased away by using mild force. Some private vehicles were damaged in stone pelting.' Family members of a Hurriyat leader in south Kashmir's Kulgam district alleged that they were beaten by government forces last night. The family of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (Teh) District president Kulgam, Muhammad Shaban, said that they were thrashed by forces during a nocturnal raid at their house in Wanpora Qaimoh. They said that forces vandalized their property as well. 'It is the second time this month that forces barged into our house and went on rampage,' family alleged. Shaban had been part of many pro-freedom rallies cum unity conferences of various sects organized in Kulgam district. He according to police was instrumental in instigating people during the ongoing unrest and is evading arrest. Reports said that Abdul Rashid Dar - District President Pulwama Muslim League- and another activist Manzoor Lelhari District Secretary ML have been booked under PSA and shifted to Kathua jail. Late evening reports said that clashes erupted in Tahab area of Pulwama where forces fired dozens of tear gas shells in which three youth sustained injuries. One of them was referred to Srinagar for treatment. Reports from Sopore said that a protest march was held at Jamia Masjid. The protest culminated peacefully. Clashes erupted at Arampora and Chinkipora Sopore after forces intercepted a group of youth who were stopping private vehicles. Reports said that protests were staged at Nutnusa and Ganapora villages of north Kashmir's Kupwara district. In Srinagar, clashes broke out at Batamaloo and Tengpora areas. However, there were no reports of any injuries. SHUTDOWN IN CHENAB VALLEY Complete shutdown was observed in twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar as a mark of protest against RSS rallies and a show of solidarity with Kashmiris. The call was issued by Majlis Shoora that comprises Imams of various masjids and heads of religious bodies. All business establishments and schools remained closed while thin attendance was recorded in government offices in Kishtwar district. Skeletal movement of traffic was observed on roads. Majority of towns like Chatroo, Drabshala, Padyarna, Dadpath, Bhunjwah, Sarthal and adjoining Thathri, Bhaderwah towns of Doda district also witnessed complete shutdown against the RSS activities and in support of Kashmir uprising. Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar said that RSS was damaging the peaceful atmosphere of Chenab region. 'We are not getting worried by RSS activists but we (Muslims and Hindus) are peace-loving people and Chenab valley is known for peace, brotherhood and prosperity,' he said. Shutdown was also observed in Bhaderwah. 'We have observed a complete but peaceful shutdown to follow the calendar of Hurriyat Conference, who have given a shutdown call to show solidarity with the people of Chenab valley and Pir Panjal. We protested within the premises of Markazi Jamia Masjid to show our solidarity with Kashmiri people whose condition is deteriorating with each passing day. Our protest is also against the increasing activities of RSS who are trying to vitiating the peaceful atmosphere of Chenab valley by organizing armed road shows and raising provocative slogans,' said President Anjuman Islamia Bhadarwah, Pervaiz Ahmed Sheikh. POLICE VERSION According to a statement issued by Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, situation across Kashmir remained largely peaceful. 'Following improvement in the situation curfew was completely lifted from the remaining Srinagar parts today. During the day no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the valley. With the increase in traffic movement in Srinagar city and in other towns of Valley life returned to normal across Kashmir. Meanwhile, in continuous drive against trouble-mongers police arrested 48 individual involved in disrupting public order.'