October 2016 News

Day 109: Kashmir Remains Shut

25 October 2016
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Normal life remained paralyzed in Kashmir for the 109th straight day on Tuesday in the wake of ongoing uprising, even as three school buildings were set ablaze by unknown persons in the past 24 hours, reports and witnesses said. Business establishments in Srinagar and elsewhere re-opened after 5 pm on the 'relaxation' given by Kashmir's resistance leadership in its weekly protest calendar against civilian killings and arrests. Public transport however continues to remain off the roads. Reports said five youth were picked up by police in Bagh-e-Mehtab area of Srinagar during a nocturnal raid. Two of them were, however, released later. The youths, according to locals, have been lodged at Police Station Raj Bagh. Reports said two masked gunmen on Government forces on Tuesday morning launched a crackdown and conducted house-to-house searches in several villages of south Kashmir's Anantnag district. Reports said police and army laid a siege in Danter and Chidhama villages and launched house-to-house searches apparently to apprehend youth allegedly involved in street protests. In Shopian district, police and army cordoned-off Malik Mohalla at Bungam area soon after morning prayers. House-to-house searches were conducted but no one was arrested, locals said An all-women freedom rally was held in Arwani village of Bijbehara in Anantnag district. Reports said hundreds of women participated in the rally led by Dukhtaran-e-Millat outfit. Another freedom rally by DeM activists was held in Zadoora village of Pulwama. Clashes were also reported in Sugan village of Shopian. Police arrested five Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activists wanted in connection with the ongoing uprising from a residence in New Housing Colony Bijbehara during a nocturnal raid on Monday. The arrested persons were identified as Bashir Ahmad Saleh, Bashir Ahmad Sofi, Abdul Khaliq Regu, Abdul Rehman Tantray and Farooq Ahmad Saleh. The arrested persons, according to police sources, were leading the ongoing uprising in Old Town Baramulla and were on the run. According to sources, a police party raided the area at around 11 pm on Monday and arrested the Hurriyat activists. Massive protests by women were held after Zuhr prayers in Jamia Masjid Sopore and other adjoining areas like Botingoo, Bomai. The protest rallies were led by DeM and concluded peacefully. According reports, clashes broke out after forces ransacked public property in Kehnoosa village of Bandipora. Forces detained two brothers, Danish Ahmad and Nisar Ahmad, sons of Gulbaz Ahmad last night, apart from 18-year-old Rameez Ahmad Lone son of Abdus Samad from Kehnoosa Bandipora. Reports said during the forces' raid, more than 50 residential houses and dozens of private vehicles were damaged. Locals said several people including women and children were ruthlessly beaten by forces, triggering protests. Reports said three school buildings were set ablaze by unknown persons in Kashmir over the past 24 hours. Police said a government school was set ablaze by unknown persons in the wee hours of Tuesday in Noorbagh area of Srinagar but the blaze was put out by fire tenders. They said the school building suffered damage in the fire. Reports said unknown persons also tried to burn down Government Higher Secondary School at Aishmuqam in Anantnag district. However, it was saved by the timely intervention of fire brigade personnel. Reports said last night, fire broke out in a building of Government Middle School in Sadrakote Bala of Bandipora district. The fire tenders were rushed in and the blaze was put out. Amid complete shutdown, the Chaharum of Javaid Ahmaid Mir was observed at his home town Nasrallahpora Budgam. Reports said thousands of people participated in the congregational prayers of the youth who reportedly died of cardiac arrest after being allegedly chased by forces on October 21 in Nasrallahpora. Four youth identified as Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Muhammad Khalid Mir, Mukhtar Ahmad Teli and Abid Ahmad Wani were arrested from different localities in Kangan area allegedly for stone-pelting. SITUATION REMAINED NORMAL TODAY: POLICE According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, the situation remained normal across the valley with considerable increase in vehicles and pedestrian movement in Srinagar and other main towns today. 'The shops were seen open and busy in their business in many parts of the valley. In Chowks and on busy streets large number of vendors remained busy in their routine job,' it said. According to the statement during the day, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the valley. According to the statement, on Tuesday morning some unknown miscreants set on fire Higher Secondary School Building Ashmuqam in the jurisdiction of Police Station Ashmuqam, Anantnag, resulting in some damage to the building. 'The fire was brought under control by fire tenders with the assistance of Police and locals. Anantnag police has registered a case in this regard,' it said. According to the statement the main accused in the burning of two sumo vehicles in Parimpora on 17th October 2016 namely Mehraj-ud-din Ganai alias Raju alias Zaid son of Muhammad Sikander Ganai resident of Parimpora was arrested by Srinagar police today.