Shoot at sight orders, army patrol on Airport Road
GK CITY CORRESPONDENT
Srinagar, Sep 17: On day six of continued curfew, the state police announced shoot at sight orders on the Airport Road here, while Army personnel were seen patrolling a portion of the road, barely half a mile away from the aerodrome.
From midnight police gypsies could be heard making announcements in the Hyderpora-Humhama belt that nobody should dare come out of his house adding that anybody violating the orders would be shot dead.
The movement of these vehicle mounted with loudspeakers escalated near pre dawn when many in this Muslim dominated area go to Masjids for Fajra prayers.
But strict cordon and hi-pitched announcements prevented many from going out for prayers so much so that no Salath at all was offered at some of the Masjids in the south City suburb.
As the light spread with dawn not only police and paramilitary CRPF but even the army and Special Operations Group of police were seen marching in the area.
The cordon was stricter at Humhama where three civilians had died on Tuesday in police and paramilitary firing.
To commemorate the fourth day of the deaths, the separatist leadership had given a Humhama Challo call for today.
But the strict curfew prevented any civilian movement during the whole day.
In the afternoon there was more of strictness in the area as even the comparatively calm areas like the Co-Operative Colony and Omar Abad stretch were put under total siege with police asking the local Jamia Masjid Intazaamiya not to keep any loudspeakers functional during the Salath. Except for a few houses close to the Masjid nobody from across the road was allowed to drop in for the congregational prayers.
This triggered resentment among the colony residents with many, including government officials voicing resentment against the NC led state government.
Finally, a Deputy Superintendent of Police pacified the protesters by allowing them to keep the loudspeakers on.
But most of other Masjids in the area weren’t allowed to host the congregational prayers.
Meanwhile, the residents of Airport Road stretch have accused the SOG personnel of unleashing a reign of terror in the area.
The residents of Humhama, Nadirgund, Pir Bagh, Narkara and adjoining areas said the vehicle borne cops throw stones on their houses and shout abusive language, day and night.
“The language they use is even unheard of in any red light area shown in movies,” said a government employee putting up at Hyderpora.
The residents living close to the Airport Road said they were even not being allowed to keep their windows open.
“We are living a truly miserable life and it seems that the state government is hell bent to put us to atrocities,” the residents said adding windowpanes of many houses in the Humhama belt were smashed allegedly by the security forces.
Police has been saying that the strict curfew was in place to prevent any loss of life or property during the unrest.
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