Day-138: Clashes in North, South

5 Hurt In Pellet Firing; Curfew In Old City

GOWHAR BHAT

Srinagar, Oct 26: Five civilians and two policemen were injured in separate incidents of firing and stone pelting amid a shutdown in parts of Valley on Tuesday.
Witnesses said a CRPF convoy on its way to Shopian from Srinagar, was pelted with stones by protesters near Rajpora Chowk in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district this evening. The CRPF men opened fire using pellet guns as a windshield of one of their cars was smashed. Five persons sustained injuries.
A police official told Greater Kashmir that two of the injured were critically wounded and were shifted to SMHS hospital Srinagar. They were identified as Bilal Ahmad Wani son of Nisar Ahmad and Imran Misgar son of Nazir Ahmad—both residents of Chattapora, Pulwama. They had multiple injuries on their body.
Those with minor injuries were referred to district hospital Pulwama. Youth created ruckus and attacked the hospital and ambulances as they alleged the doctors were causing delay in the treatment of the injured.
The incident brought more people, mainly youth, on roads who staged pro-freedom and anti-India protests. They also attacked police station Pulwama and pelted stones on the cops. Police repeatedly chased away the protesters.
Protests also spilled over to Samboora on Srinagar-Pulwama highway. Police used tear smoke ammunition to disperse the agitators.
Clashes erupted in north Kashmir’s Varmul town earlier in the day. Witnesses said youth clashed with policemen near Cement Bridge and pelted stones on them. While police chased them away, two cops were injured in stone pelting.
In summer capital, police said restrictions were imposed in areas falling under the jurisdiction of police stations Safakadal, Maharajgunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar and Qamarwari.
Shops and business remained closed today. However, private transport plied normally on most of the city routes.
Protests erupted in Kralpora, Lasjan and Zakura localities where youth pelted stones. Police said a lady was injured in stones pelting at Zakura.
In Bandipora, youth staged protests at Palaan village and pelted police and paramilitary CRPF with stones. Police said it used force to disperse the protesters and bought situation under control.
A police official said the protesters also disrupted vehicular traffic at Ajas Bandipora and Magam in Handwara.
In South Kashmir’s Islamabad town, day-long protests were witnessed at Mattan Chowk, Dangerpora, Iqbal Market and several areas of the old town.
Protesters pelted stones on private vehicles and also on the policemen and CRPF troopers.
The forces caned and used tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. While chasing protesters, witnesses said the CRPF men stormed into residential houses at several places including Bakshiabad smashing window panes and damaging household goods. They also beat up several persons.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 26 Oct 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 27 Oct 2010 00:00:00 IST




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