25 injured in south Kashmir

KHALID GUL

Kakapora, Aug 1: At least 25 persons were wounded two of them critically when police and troopers resorted to indiscriminate firing and tear gas shelling in Naaman village of this south Kashmir area on Sunday.
Reports said that thousands of people from the nearby villages of Naribal, Naaman, Newa and Parigam organized massive pro-freedom demonstrations and tried to march towards Kakpora town where strict curfew was in place. However, the protesters were intercepted by the police and CRPF at Naaman village. They (forces) first lobbed tear gas canisters to disperse the procession and later resorted to firing injuring at least 25 protesters two of them critically. The critically injured persons were referred to Srinagar while others were treated in district hospital Pulwama and sub-district hospital, Kakpora.
In Pulwama people defied curfew at Murran and staged massive pro-freedom demonstration. Police and CRPF personnel deployed at Murran Chowk resorted to baton charge and fired tear smoke canisters to disperse the protesters who in turn retaliated by pelting stones. Several people including five policemen sustained injuries in the clashes. One of the injured persons, Muzzafar Ahmad Wani, was hit by a tear smoke canister on his head and was referred to Srinagar in a critical condition and the other injured were being treated in the district hospital, Pulwama.
In Awantipora people defied curfew and staged pro-freedom demonstrations. They also tried to block the highway. But police lobbed tear gas shells and dispersed the protesters. Curfew was strictly enforced in Tral township. Curfew also remained strictly enforced in nearby Shopian district with reports of protests from the adjoining villages.
In Kulgam and Qaimoh also curfew was strictly enforced with reports of protests from the adjoining villages.
In Islamabad several people were injured in Khanabal and Naibasti area of Khanbal-Pahalgam (KP) road as people defied the curfew restrictions and staged pro-freedom demonstrations as soon as the news of the killing of civilians in Pampore spread. Announcements were made from the Masjids appealing the people to come on streets. The protesters then clashed with police and CRPF men. In the ensuing clashes scores of persons sustained injuries.
The troopers resorted to aerial firing and lobbed tear gas canisters injuring several people. They later barged into several houses, smashed the window panes and beat up the inmates including women and children. Clashes were on till last reports came in and were spreading towards the garrison area of Khanabal while people blocked the highway at Batengoo.
In Anchidora and S.K. colony area, located in the interiors of the KP road were three teenagers were allegedly killed in cold blood by the police massive protest demonstrations were carried out.
The protesters also burnt the effigies of Chief Minister. Later, when the protests were over CRPF and policemen reached the area and beat up the inmates.
Several people sustained injuries in the police action. The troopers also hurled a brick on one of the youth. He was hospitalized in the district hospital. In Qadipora and Bakshiabad the CRPF men barged into several houses beat up the inmates including women and children.
A 75- year old man of Kadipora who was severely beaten by police and CRPF in Kadipora was hospitalized. Later in the evening reports of clashes were pouring in from various areas of the old town including Dangerpra, Kadipora, Sarnal, Malaknag, Reeshi Bazar, Mattan Chowk, Cheeni Chowk, Janglat Mandi, Sherpora, Achabal Adda and Lal Chowk.
Earlier, in the morning the paramilitary CRPF men severely thrashed an ambulance driver of district hospital, Islamabad. On Saturday the curfew passes of several doctors were torn apart and then ruthlessly beaten by the CRPF men.
Reports of tear gas shelling on the protesters were also from Sangam area. Several people sustained injuries in the clashes between the police nad protesters which were on when this report was being filed. In Bijbehara town a strict curfew was enforced amid reports of protest and clashes from the neighboring villages of Kheram, Srigufwara. Curfew was enforced in Achabal, Mattan and Dooru also.
As the protesters tried to set ablaze the Sher-Bagh police station, the cops inside also raised pro-freedom slogans. Meanwhile, protesters also tried to set the SOG camp Kadipora on fire, but Army on nearby hillock fired warning shots following which  protesters dispersed.
 During late night protests, angry protesters set ablaze shops belonging to a local PDP activist at Lal Chowk in Islamabad town.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 1 Aug 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 1 Aug 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 2 Aug 2010 00:00:00 IST




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