Locals Protest Arrest Of Youth, Army ‘Highhandedness’
Bandipora, July 21: This north Kashmir district continued to simmer for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday against the killing of four unarmed protesters by paramilitary BSF men at Gool in Ramban district earlier this week and Army going berserk in different villages in Bandipora on Saturday.
Residents of Qazipora, Putushay and Watpora took to the streets and staged anti-army protest demanding that troopers involved in ransacking the houses and beating the inmates be punished. They were also demanding immediate release of the youth who were picked by the Army on Saturday. They staged a sit-in at Watpora on Sopore-Bandipora road and threatened to continue with the protests till the detained youth were released.
Protests and clashes also broke out at Naidkhai, Bandipora, Nowpora, Kaloosa, Saderkoot, Shadipora, Dangerpora and Papachan areas. Scores of youths in these localities took to the streets and demonstrated against the Gool killings. They were raising pro-freedom slogans and demanding punishment to the BSF men involved in the killings.
Groups of youth took to streets in main town Bandipora at Gulshan Chowk and tried taking out a procession. However, a huge contingent of police and paramilitary men appeared on the spot and used force to quell them. Protesters retaliated with the stones triggering clashes which continued till late in the evening.
Violent clashes also broke out at Hajin and Sumbal areas. “Clashes erupted in the area in the afternoon when huge contingent of forces tried to disperse a huge procession. However, protesters offered stiff resistance and fought pitched battles with the forces till late in the evening,” witnesses said.
Barring main Bandipora town where many roads and streets were dotted with heavy presence of police and paramilitary troopers, most of the parts in the district were left without any routine deployment.
In Naidkhi Sumbal town some youth took to the streets and staged massive pro-freedom demonstration. The protesters, raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, attempted to take out processions at various places. However, police swung into action and cane-charged the protesters who retaliated with stones.
Later in the evening when the police and paramilitary men were returning to their barracks, youth again regrouped and resorted to heavy stone pelting at several places.
In Kaloosa, people tried to take out a procession in main town. However forces foiled their attempt.
Police said there was no curfew in place. “The situation was normal all over the district, however some youth hurled stones on police,” a police spokesman said.
Police have appealed elders in the area to control youth who “unnecessarily hurl stones on police as well as civilians.”
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