Fresh clashes erupted in various parts of Kashmir on Sunday after forces foiled pro-freedom rallies, even as complete shutdown was observed across the Valley for the 107th consecutive day.
Reports said a government high school building suffered partial damage in a mysterious fire incident in Aripanthan area of Magam in Central Kashmir's Budgam district. Witnesses said the fire emanated from the school office and was later doused by fire tenders. Reports said clashes also broke out at Aripanthan after which forces resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protesting youth. Clashes broke out at Kawoosa Khalisa area also where three youth sustained pellet injuries, they said. "The injured youth were treated locally," they said.
An injured youth identified as Suhail Ahmed, a student of Class 11, was detained at Mazhama while being shifted to SDH Magam, witnesses said. Meanwhile, protestors blocked Narbal-Gulmarg road after which mild clashes broke out on the highway. Protests were also held at Shunglipora village of Budgam district.
Reports said two youth identified as Irfan Ahmad Malik and Owais Ahmad Lone of Konmula Kangan were arrested after police raided their residential houses last night.
Reports from South Kashmir said that forces foiled a freedom march at village Chee in Anantnag district by firing dozens of teargas shells. Clashes erupted after police, CRPF men and Army placed barricades at various points to prevent people from reaching Chee. Two people sustained injuries in the clashes, reports said. The rally, however, still took place.
In Karimabad area of Pulwama, a candlelight protest was held in the evening amid pro-freedom sloganeering. Protestors also blocked the Newa-Pakharpora road. Late evening reports said intense clashes broke out in Bijbehara town in Anantnag after which a truck was torched on highway near Pazalpora.
Reports said clashes broke out in Dangerpora village of Sopore town in north Kashmir's Barmaulla district after forces foil a freedom march. The call for march to residences of local MLAs was given by joint resistance leadership. Soon after the rally started, Police and army raided the venue and fired many teargas shells. Dangerpora is native place of sitting MLA, Haji Abdur Rashid Dar.
Reports from Srinagar said protests were held in Barzulla area against the alleged vandalism during a nocturnal raid by forces while protests against detention of youth and atrocities were also staged at Maloora on Srinagar outskirts. Meanwhile, Sunday market opened in City Centre Lal Chowk and witnessed a good rush of customers. Shops also opened after 5 pm on the relaxation call given by the joint resistance leadership.
(With inputs, Ghulam Muhammad, Sheikh Nazir)