November 2016 News

Day 116: Uneasy Calm Prevails In Kashmir

1 November 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Uneasy calm prevailed in Kashmir on Tuesday even as protests and clashes were reported from South Kashmir's Pulwama district against the use of pellets and alleged vandalisation of residential houses by the forces. Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir for the 116th consecutive day barring a few areas of uptown Srinagar, even as there was an increase in the number of private vehicles and street vendors in city centre Lal Chowk. Reports said that massive protests were held in Rohmoo village of South Kashmir's Pulwama district against the use of pellets by the forces that had left over 30 people injured on Monday. The injured included two teenage girls, a woman and two youth, who were hit by pellets in their eyes. Reports said that residents of Rohmoo took to streets and staged strong protest against use of pellets. The residents accused the forces of vandalisation of at least 40 residential houses during raids on Monday. The protest later culminated peacefully. There was a heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces in the area, especially in the Pulwama town. Reports said that as the forces were being withdrawn, youth took to streets in Pulwama town and resorted to massive clashes by throwing bricks and stones at the forces. However, there were no reports of any injury. Reports from South Kashmir's Anantnag said that a cordon and search operation was laid in Sadiwara in Dooru village jointly by the Army and the SoG. The forces conducted door to door searches and the operation continued till afternoon, reports said. An all women rally was also held at Goripora, Awantipora, which was organised by the Tehreek-e-Khawateen led by Zamrooda Habib. Reports from north Kashmir's Sopore said that a women's convention was held at Central Jamia Masjid Sopore after a pro-freedom rally was held, which passed off peacefully. A similar rally was held at Pattan in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. Both the rallies were organised by Dukhtaran-e-Milat. A women's rally was also held in Dooru are of Sopore. In Srinagar, shopkeepers had opened their shops at Sanatnagar and Athwajan areas of uptown, while in rest of the areas, the shops remained shut. At Dalgate, Amira Kadal and at Hari Singh High Street, fruit vendors had set up carts and were selling fruit during the day time while the streets of Lal Chowk, Residency Road and Moulana Azad Road witnessed increase in the number of private vehicles. Massive traffic jams were witnessed across Lal Chowk after 5 pm on the relaxation call given by the joint resistance leadership. Late evening reports said that clashes erupted at Nowhatta in old Srinagar. Reports said that unidentified persons hurled a petrol bomb at government primary school at Takiya Khalmulla of education zone Ganderbal on Monday evening due to which some portion of its roof caught fire. According to sources the fire was noticed by the chowkidar of the school who immediately called the police and later the fire was brought under control causing minor damage to the roof. A police official told Greater Kashmir that some miscreants in a bid to set ablaze the building had thrown the petrol bomb inside the school building. Pertinently, this is the third such incident where unknown persons attempted to set ablaze an educational institution in central Kashmir's Ganderbal district in the recent past. Meanwhile, Police said that the overall situation across Kashmir remained peaceful and under control. 'During the day, no untoward incident was reported from any part of Kashmir till filing of this report. In the day greater vehicular traffic was observed on the city roads as also in the main towns of the valley. 'A huge number of vendors were seen on the roads, lanes and by-lanes doing their normal business in the city as well in the main towns of the valley,' the police statement said. 'The deployment of police and forces continued on the vulnerable points across the city as well as on the road lanes and by lanes in main towns across Kashmir,' the statement said.