Clashes in B’Mulla Amid Calm Friday In Valley

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5 Hurt In Pellet Fire, 1 Shifted To SKIMS

SRINAGAR: Even as the Valley witnessed a “normal” Friday for the first time in several weeks, street battles breaking out in the northern township of Baramulla in the afternoon left a number of persons injured – some in pellet firing by the forces.

ne resident, identified as Zubair Ahmad Haqqani, a shopkeeper, had to be shifted to the SKIMS in Srinagar, reportedly in a serious condition, due to pellet wounds in his head, neck and chest.

He was hit along with four others in the town’s Azad Gunj area when police and paramilitary men opened fire with pellet guns on violent protestors.

Groups of youth had taken to the streets soon after Friday prayers and begun brick-batting with forces deployments who used heavy tear gas shelling in a bid to break them up.

Reports said that the uniformed men resorted to pellet guns when the crowds refused to budge before the charge.

Haqqani and others were hit while closing shops because of the clashes which had spread to the Tehsil Road, the Fire Services Lane, the Auqaf Market, the Park Road and few other areas.

In Shopian, groups of youth took to the streets after Friday prayers and pelted stones at paramilitary men guarding the deputy commissioner’s office.

The locality witnessed a brief commotion due to clashes between protestors and the forces, but business activity elsewhere in the town continued uninterrupted.

Large demonstrations were held in the Hajan and Papchan areas of the northern Bandipur after Friday prayers, with protestors demanding the return of the moral remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru.

The Muttahida Majlis-e-Mashawarat (MMM), formed by separatists groups to spearhead the demand for the return of the bodies of the two Kashmiris from the Tihar Jail, had called for mosque imams to lead demonstrations after Friday prayers and hold special services known as the qunoot-e-nazila.            

The day passed off peacefully elsewhere in Kashmir, with shops remaining open, public transport plying, and government offices and educational institutions functioning normally.  

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