Shutdown, protests from Kashmir to Kargil

30 Injured In Fresh Clashes, 3 Critical; Skirmishes In Old City, Islamabad



Srinagar, July 21: Two days after lifting of curfew, Kashmir observed a complete shutdown to protest Gool killings on a call given by Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, while clashes broke out several places leaving around 30 persons injured with 3 critically injured youth undergoing treatment at SKIMS Soura.
 Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads across Kashmir today. People across the Valley observed complete strike in protest against the Gool killings and alleged excesses by forces. Shops, petrol stations and other business establishments across the Valley were closed and traffic was largely off the roads.
 Among the injured two youth one from Noorbagh area of Srinagar and another from Baramulla are stated to be critical and are admitted in SKIMS Soura.
 Clashes erupted in scores of places in old Srinagar, Baramulla, Shopian, Pulwama, Tral and Kupwara.
 In Srinagar, clashes broke out between youths and forces in Noorbagh after a youth identified as Jan Muhammad Khanday fell from a two storied house, while he was chased by police and CRPF during a protest demonstration in the area against Gool killings. Khanday was rushed to SKIMS, where his condition is stated to be critical.
 Intermittent clashes in the areas continued whole day and ding-dong battles were going on when this report was being filed.
 Officiating Medical Superintendent SKIMS, Dr Farooq Ahmad Jan told Greater Kashmir that Khanday has received D12 fracture and blood clotting in brain. “He is under examination,” Dr Jan said.
 Clashes between youth and forces were also reported from Gojwara, Rajouri Kadal, Habba Kadal and Khanyar areas of old Srinagar. Forces burst tear smoke shells to quell protestors in these areas.
 Incidents of stone pelting and subsequent clashes were also reported from Qamarwari, Bemina, HMT, Barzulla, Humhama and Rambagh areas of Srinagar. Police used pepper gas in Barzulla to disperse protestors. Protestors in these areas used public address system and raised anti-establishment slogans.
 Police imposed curfew at Soura after violent clashes broke out in the area. Agitated youth burnt tyres on roads in Batamaloo to show resentment against Gool killings and desecration of Holy Quran.
 In Srinagar, undeclared curfew remained imposed in the jurisdictions of police stations Rainawari, Maharajgunj, Safakadal, Khanyar, Nowhatta and Zadibal. Clashes also erupted in Batamaloo, Tengpora and Zakoora areas of Srinagar.
 To thwart any protest demonstrations, the authorities have deployed huge contingents of forcers on Srinagar roads.
 In central Kashmir district of Budgam clashes erupted at two places however no one was injured.
 A complete shutdown was observed in Ganderbal district to protest Gool killings. All public and private transport was off the roads. However Yatra vehicles, Leh and Kargil bound vehicles plied on the Srinagar-Leh highway. Wearing riot gears and bullet proof jackets armed with sticks and sophisticated weapons, forces remained deployed in the main markets of the district including Beehama Chowk, Gousia Chowk, Hospital road Dudarhama, Tawheedabad and several other places.
 Reports of clashes between forces and the youth were received from some parts of the district. In Ganderbal tehsil incidents of stone pelting occurred at Darend, Beehama, Dudarhama and Nunar. In Kangan tehsil minor incident of stone pelting was reported from Kangan Chowk.
 At least three persons including two policemen were injured in protests and clashes that erupted at several places in frontier district of Kupwara.
 Normal life was disrupted in Kupwara due to the strike called by Hurriyat Conference (G).
 The roads in Kupwara wore a deserted look as public and private transport remained off the roads. Additional Police and CRPF men were deployed at several places in Kupwara town and other townships as well. Shutdown was also observed in some other areas of the district including Kulangam, Handwara, Trehgam, Kralpora, Lolab and Langate.
 Sopore Tehsil of Baramulla district also witnessed a complete shutdown to protest Gool killings. Authorities deployed large contingents of forces in the town to thwart protest demonstrations.
 At least three youth were injured during clashes that erupted in Baramulla town Sunday. Police fired pellets during clashes resulting in injuries to these youth. Police also arrested Sarpanch of Palhallan area on charges of stone pelting.
 One of the injured youth identified as Danish Maqbool Moon S/O Muhammad Maqbool Moon, resident of old town Baramulla received pellet in his head during clashes at Khanpora bridge this afternoon and was immediately rushed to SKIMS Soura after the doctors at the district hospital Baramulla stated his condition to be critical.
 "The injured patient was brought here with head injury. The X-ray of the patient revealed that he has pellet injury in head and his condition was critical. We have shifted him to SKIMS Soura hospital for the specialized treatment" said Deputy Superintendent District Hospital Baramulla, Dr Masrat.
 Condition of other two injured was stated to be stable and they were discharged from the hospital after treatment.
 The use of pellet guns here have surprised many as the situation on Sunday was far better than last two days.
 "There were intermittent clashes going on at Khanpora bridge. Compared to past two days, police used few tear smoke shells on Sunday, however, we don't understand why police resorted to use of pellets when the situation was not so tense," said Bashir Ahmad of old town Baramulla.
 In Palhallan village of Baramulla district, police arrested Sarpanch of the area on charges of stone pelting. The arrested Sarpanch has been identified as Muhammad Akbar Bhat of Palhallan.
 While confirming the arrest of Sarpanch, station house officer (SHO) Pattan said that the Sarpanch was involved in stone pelting in the area.
 “We have arrested him as he was actively involved in stone pelting in the area" said SHO Pattan, Mehboob Ahmad.
 The family members of the Sarpanch alleged that police resorted to ransacking of their house before his arrest.
 “Police entered our house at around 7 am and started ransacking the house. They broke the windows of our house and damaged some home appliances before arresting our father. He has already gone through four surgeries. However, police beat him to pulp before his arrest," said Shabir Ahmad, son of the Sarpanch.
 Later clashes between police and protesting youths erupted in Tantray Mohalla and Raipora Mohalla of Palhallan area. Police fired several tear smoke shells to disperse the agitating youths.
 Amid complete shutdown several people were injured in the clashes that broke out between forces and protesters in various areas of South Kashmir. Five civilians including two minors were injured after forces fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters in Kulgam town.
 Reports said that shops and other business establishments remained closed while traffic was completely off the roads in entire South Kashmir.
 Police and paramilitary forces wearing riot gears were deployed in all major towns to thwart any attempts of protests. However, clashes broke out in several areas.
 In Redwani and Khudwani areas of Qaimoh in Kulgam protests and clashes continued for the third consecutive day. Reports said that people came out on streets and held pro-freedom demonstrations. “Police and CRPF men resorted to baton charge and lobbed tear smoke canisters to quell the protesters who retaliated by pelting stones and bricks,” eyewitnesses said. They said clashes continued throughout the day with many including cops sustaining injuries.
 “Protesters also attacked CRPF camp with stones,” witnesses said.
 On Saturday the forces had fired on the protesters at Khudwani injuring five including three women. One civilian was injured earlier in firing on Friday. All the injured are undergoing treatment in various hospitals, and their condition according to the doctors is stable.
 In Kulgam town five civilians were injured after forces fired on the protesters on Saturday late evening.
 "As soon as the deployment was withdrawn people came out on the streets and held pro-freedom demonstrations, Police rushed to the spot and used force to disperse the protesters by firing rubber bullets injuring four civilians including two minors. They were identified as Raju (age 10 years) s/o Abdul Gaffar Ahanger resident of Rangrezpora Kulgam, Bilal Ahmad Shah (age 15 years) son of Muhammad Anwar Shah of Kulgam. Both the minors are undergoing treatment in Bone and Joints hospital, Srinagar.
 The other two injured Javed Ahmad and Aadil Wani were treated at District hospital, Kulgam.
 The locals alleged that police and CRPF men went berserk barged into several houses and smashed the window panes of the houses. “They also damaged several vehicles,” they alleged.
 Clashes between forces and youth continued on Sunday too. Youth pelted stones on the forces at various places who retaliated by lobbing tear gas canisters.
 In Pulwama town clashes broke out between the protesters and forces at several places including Murran Chowk and Main Chowk. Reports said that youth pelted stones on the forces who retaliated by lobbing tear gas canisters. Shutdown was also observed in Awantipora, Kakapora, Pampore and Rajpora areas of the district with reports of sporadic clashes from these areas.
 Several people were injured in the clashes that broke out in Tral area of Pulwama district.
 Reports said that people were protesting against the arrest of youth in the town. “The protesters resorted to heavy stone pelting which was retaliated by the forces by baton charge and tear gas shelling,” witnesses said. Several cops also sustained injuries in the clashes.
 Around 8 youth have been reportedly rounded up by the police.
 Shopian town and its adjacent areas also witnessed clashes between forces and protesters throughout the day. “ Youth resorted to stone pelting at Bonabazaar, Gole Chowk, DC office and adjoining village of Gagran which police retaliated by tear gas by lobbing tear gas shells.
 “A policeman was also roughed up by the protesters,” reports said. Reports said that two teenagers were detained by the police.
 In Islamabad town amid complete shutdown sporadic clashes erupted in several areas of old town including Kadipora and Laizbal. “Severe restrictions were put in place in many areas of the town,” reports said.
 Massive protests rocked Islamabad late Sunday evening after a youth was beaten by the forces.
 Reports said hundreds of people attacked police station Sherbagh and clashes were going at scores of places when this report was being filed.
 Reports added that the youth Danish Ahmad was snatched by the protestors from the forces. The people were calling from the public address systems asking the residents to come for protests.
 Shutdown was observed in Bijbehara and Mattan towns too while clashes were witnesses in Seer area of the district.
 “Six boys mostly teenagers were detained by the police,” reports said.
 Highway town of Qazigund which had witnessed violent protests in last three days remained relatively peaceful.
 Anjuman Jamait-ul-Ulema Madrasa Isna Ashriya Islamia School Kargil today organized a massive protest rally here against the attack on the holy shrine of granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Hazrat Zainab (SA) in Syrian capital and desecration of Holy Qur’an in Gool and killing of 4 innocent people in Ramban district. More than thousand of people participated in the protest rally.
 The protest rally started from Islamia School and passed through Main Bazaar and ended up at Islamia School Chowk. People in the protest rally were shouting slogans against the culprits.
 While condemning the attack on the holy shrine of Hazrat Zainab (SA) in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Member Youth Wing Murtaza Khalili said mortar shells hit the holy shrine of Hazrat Zainab (SA) in the suburbs of the Syrian capital.
 He called on international circles, particularly Islamic bodies, to fulfill their responsibility toward safeguarding Islamic sanctities and do their best to prevent crimes against humanity, which run counter to international and Islamic regulations. He also condemned the desecration of Holy Quran, the Masjid and killing of 4 innocent people in Gool area of Ramban district by security forces.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 21 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 22 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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