Day-4: Curfew, curbs continue
DEATH TOLL 3; 20 HURT IN FRESH CLASHES; PROTESTS ON
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Srinagar/Baramulla, Feb 12: Curfew continued for fourth consecutive day across the valley on Tuesday while around 20 persons, including four cops, were injured in clashes between police and protesters in different parts of Kashmir. Three persons have been killed and scores injured during the fresh spate of violence in the valley after the hanging of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru.
At least eight persons were injured when clashes broke out between protesters and police at Sheeri, six kilometers from Baramulla town.
Witnesses said hundreds of people took out a protest rally in Sheeri but they were intercepted by the police and CRPF. Three youth identified as Rashid-ul-Islam, Muzamil Ahmad Rather and Abid Ahmad were injured in forces’ action. They were brought to Baramulla district hospital with rubber bullet injuries. Later Muzamil was referred Srinagar for specialized treatment.
Doctors at SMHS hospital, where Muzamil is undergoing treatment, said he was hit in the eye by a pellet fired by forces. They added that he has suffered extensive damage to his left eye and might lose eyesight. A report said that protestors tried to stop the cavalcade of Minister of Medical Education Taj Mohiudin, who was in the area to monitor the situation. Report said the forces carried out action to pave way for the Minister’s cavalcade. The incident flared up tension for entire day in Sheeri area.
Witness said that protesters were coming from Fatehgarh area of Sheeri towards the main market when police and CRPF fired to disperse them to make way for the cavalcade.
Eyewitnesses said that CRPF personnel beat a youth Shiekh Rashid-ul-Islam to pulp and he received multiple injuries in his head. He was later shifted to Srinagar in critical condition.
“We were coming from Uri after inspecting the situation when we saw protesters coming out from Fatehgarh. But we were not targeted,” said DC Baramulla Ghulam Ahmad Khawja.
In the evening, five more youth were injured, two of them seriously, when forces resorted to aerial firing and shelling. Witnesses said that forces intercepted a group of youth in Sheeri and used forced to disperse them. Those who have been referred to Srinagar were identified as Abid Ahmad of village Heaven and Tariq Ahmad of Zandfaran.
The authorities at PHC Fatehgarh alleged that cops unleashed terror in the hospital, broke glasses and windows of the hospital, after one of the injured protesters was admitted in the hospital.
“The cops entered the hospital and started to vandalize everything,” said an official of Public Health Centre Fatehgarh. However, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla refuted the charges and said that “one of the stone pelters was in the hospital ambulance and after being identified, cops brought an employee of the hospital and the stone pelter out of the ambulance which lead to the brawl between the employees and the cops."
Meanwhile, Taj refuted the reports that his cavalcade was stopped by people at Sheeri. “I am surprised where from this news came,” Taj told Greater Kashmir.
Strict curfew continued for the fourth consecutive day in the Baramulla town. All the bridges connecting old town with the civil lines area were sealed by the authorities by erecting barricades.
Tangmarg and Kunzar areas of Baramulla also witnessed curfew for fourth day while pitched battles were fought between youth and forces in Druroo village on Srinagar-Gulmarg Highway for entire day. However, tourist vehicles escorted by police personnel were seen plying intermittently towards ski resort Gulmarg.
Defying curfew, reports said, groups of youth tried to take out protests rallies in most of parts of north Kashmir, however heavy presence of police and other forces stopped them.
The places where youth tried to take protests included Handwara, Kupwara, Trehgam, Chogul and Kral Gund.
Five persons including four policemen were injured in Argam area of Bandipora Tuesday evening. Two youth identified as Muhammad Umar, Muhammad Inayat, SHO Argam and three PSOs were injured after clashes erupted in Argam this evening.
Inayat was injured in protests in Bandipora town. Besides Argam, clashes between protestors and forces were going on in Bandipora town and Papchan when this report was being filed.
Reports said groups of youth tried to take out protest rallies at several places in Srinagar, however they were stopped. They said that the youth tried to take out procession in Maisuma, Khanyar, Babademb and scores of other areas.
Reports said that hundreds of people tried to take out a procession in Budgam town, however forces foiled the attempt. In central Kashmir’s Pakharpora area a large procession was taken out which dispersed peacefully.
Protests were also held in Kangan area of Ganderbal. Police and CRPF burst tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors. Sheikh Nazir reported that two cops and two civilians were injured.
Protesting youth tried to defy curfew in Kangan town and pelted stones on police and CRPF. Police fired tear smoke shells in air to disperse the protesting youth in which two cops and two youth were reported to be injured.
Officials at SDH Kangan told Greater Kashmir that two injured policemen identified as Mushtaq Ahmad and Ishtiyaq Ahmad were admitted in the hospital among which one was discharged after giving treatment. Locals said that two youth were injured in the clashes.
All the districts of south Kashmir remained under strict curfew for fourth day and forces foiled many attempts of protests at several places.
Clashes erupted in Islamabad (Anantnag) town this evening. The clashes were going on when this report was being filed. Three youth have also been detained by police.
The people of Islamabad (Anantnag) town alleged that police and CRPF barged into residential houses and ransacked the property.
In Pulwamma, Anantnag, Shopian and Chadoora people took to streets and raised anti-India slogans. Protestors demanded the returning of the body of Muhammad Afzal Guroo. In Hushroo area of Chadoora, CRPF personnel roughed up dozens of boys when they were busy in playing cricket in a street. The agitated youth later on resorted to stone pelting and the pitched battles continued till late between the youth and para-military forces.
PRAYERS IN ABSENTIA FOR GURU:
People at several places across the valley organised funeral prayers in absentia for Afzal Guru.
In Srinagar, the prayers in absentia were held in Chanapora, Budshah Nagar and adjacent areas on Tuesday. Similar prayers were also held in Pulwama, Shopian, Handwara and Bandipora.
Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front senior leader Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi was arrested last night during a raid on his residence by the police here.
In a statement, a spokesman of the Front said, “Police raided the house of Bakhshi here during the intervening night of February 11/12 and arrested him. He has been taken to some police station.”
“Senior JKLF leader Noor Muhammad Kalwal and others are already in police custody,” said the spokesman.
Meanwhile, the Front acting chairman Advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt has strongly condemned these arrests, curfew, restrictions, ban on media, internet and other sources of communication, terming these as undemocratic. He said, “The rulers must know that these repressive measures, use of excessive force, propaganda through their controlled electronic media cannot stop us from raising our voices for independence. New Delhi will have to leave Kashmir as English had to leave India.”
Chairmen Democratic Political Movement Firdous Shah and Peoples Political Party Hilal Ahmed War are under preventive detention at Kothibagh police station. They were detained by police on the day Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar Jail.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST
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