October 2017 News

Roads Blocked, Protests Everywhere In Srinagar

12 October 2017
Kashmir Reader
Nazir Gillo

Srinagar: A state of agitated anarchy prevailed in Srinagar on Thursday as people came out on streets, blocked roads, and accused the government of being complicit in the unabated incidents of braid-chopping, even as three new such incidents were reported on Thursday, two in Srinagar and one in Pulwama. Street demonstrations that women participated in were held at Batamaloo, Maisuma, Nowgam, Rainawari and Buchpora areas of Srinagar. A similar demonstration was held at Wakhoo village of Pulwama district, where an incident of braid-chopping was reported on Thursday. Braid-chopping was also reported in Batamaloo and Eidgah areas of Srinagar. At Kashmir University, in response to a call from the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) for students to protest, scores of students and scholars took out a rally under the banner of Kashmir University Students Union (KUSU) in which they chanted slogans against the government and in favour of freedom from India. The students dispersed peacefully after the rally ended. Government authorities had ordered the closure of all educational institutions to prevent students from holding protests. Elsewhere in Srinagar, protesters said that the fact that no one has been caught even after more than 100 incidents of braid-chopping, is evidence that the government is either shielding or is complicit with the culprits. 'Either it is the government itself which is committing crimes on our women folk, or it is not interested in nabbing the culprits. It has been observed that every time locals identify the culprits or are about to catch them, police have come to their rescue. This act (of braid-chopping) is a direct attack on the honour of our women, which we won't tolerate at all,' a protester at Maisuma said. Similar concerns were raised by protesters at Saidpora locality in Rainawari. The residents blocked the main road and held street demonstrations against the government. They said that some unknown persons were adding to the fearful atmosphere by knocking on windowpanes and main doors of houses during night hours, and throwing stones on rooftops at the same time. 'Our children are terrified due to such horrendous acts. Whether this is being done by the government or not, if the administration is claiming that they are seriously pursuing this case, then why isn't anything being made public?' asked a group of women protesting at Saidpora. Residents of Nowgam blocked traffic on the national highway to protest braid-chopping incidents. Raising slogans against the government and in favour of freedom of Kashmir, the demonstrators warned government of 'serious consequences' if it failed to control braid-chopping. Women protestors at the 90-Feet Road in Soura attempted to carry out a protest march but police reached the spot and stopped them from moving ahead. The women raised pro-freedom and anti-government slogans. Clashes also erupted between youth and government forces at Wakoora village in Ganderbal after locals caught hold of two alleged braid-choppers. The youth held demonstration and raised slogans against the government.

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