Situation Mostly Peaceful, Stray Incidents in North

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SRINAGAR: Barring few areas of north Kashmir situation in rest of Kashmir remained peaceful Sunday.

However, in North Kashmir’s Handwara town scores of women took to streets demanding release of youth detained by the police overnight. 

According to reports, hundreds of people joined women procession and some of the youth pelted stones on the police and CRPF personnel deployed in the main market. 

Men in uniform resorted to tear gas shelling. Shelling sparked panic and markets which had opened after six days downed shutters again. 

When contacted, Superintendent of Police Handwara, Choudri Aslam said that police had arrested four youth and they were lodged in Kralgund police station. “After questioning these youth were released. We have arrested two more boys who are allegedly involved in stone pelting and they are being questioned,” he said.

Meanwhile protests were reported from Beeru township, Budgam in Central Kashmir. The protesters shouting anti India slogans engaged police in clashes, and in response police resorted to tear gas shelling and lathi charge.The town observed shutdown after 2pm and the streets presented deserted look.

Complete shutdown was observed by people in Bandipore and Baramullah against the arrest of youth. CRPF personnel restricted the movement of people in North Kashmir’s Baramullah district and even didn’t allow the movement of ambulances on the roads.

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