December 2016 News

Now, Protests In Valley On Refugee Issue

24 December 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)

Srinagar: Protests were witnessed in the Batamaloo area of Srinagar for the second day today against the government's decision to issue domicile certificate to the West Pakistan refugees. The police lobbed teargas and pepper gas shells to disperse the demonstrators indulging in stone-throwing, leading to clashes. Independent MLA Engineer Rashid and his more than two dozen supporters, who were staging a sit-in outside Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's residence at the Gupkar road here against the government's proposal to 'issue domicile certificates' to the West Pakistan refugees, were evicted by the police this morning. Braving freezing temperatures, Rashid had started the 48-hour-long protest on Friday morning. He questioned the government's claim that it had not directed issuance of domicile certificates to the West Pakistan refugees. Meanwhile, normal life across Kashmir was paralysed for the second consecutive day of the shutdown today. Shops and businesses remained closed and traffic was less on roads. However, shops in some areas outside Srinagar were open as the continued shutdowns have lost steam over the past several weeks.