Shopian Residents Gather in Town Square


SHOPIAN: A complete shutdown was observed in this southern district to press for the demand of residents for removal of CRPF camp from Gagren area.

Hundreds of people including pro-freedom leaders and religious leaders after offering congregational Friday prayers staged a peaceful sit-in- at main town square. The protesting inhabitants of Shopian said the district will observe a shutdown on October 7 also.

During the protest Hurriyat (G) General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Democratic Freedom Party General Secretary Muhammad Abdullah Tari, Huriyat member Muhammad Yousuf Falahi and others addressed people.

Sumji while addressing people said that in past the government has ordered more than 97 inquiries but people never saw any outcome. “These inquiries are being announced only to calm the people who are losing their dear ones by Indian forces.” He further stated that incidents like Gagren, Aasiya and Neolofar will continue to re-occur until we will be ‘free’.

Meanwhile some youth pelted stones on forces that were deployed near Deputy Commissioner’s Office Shopian. Police resorted to teargas shelling and chased away the protesters who resisted by hurling stones. Pitched battles continued between the police personnel and protesters for long time. According to reports clashes also spread to other parts of the town.

Deputy Commissioner Shopian Bashir Ahmad Bhat  while talking to reporters said that the situation remained peaceful during the day.  He further mentioned that some youth after Friday prayers pelted stones outside DC office.  However, police exercised maximum restraint and chase away the protesters.

Pertinently five people were allegedly killed by the troopers of the Gargan camp on 7th and 11th of September. After fortnight curfew and a week’s shutdown, cabinet issued orders for the relocation of the camp however still they had occupied the Industrial area in Gagren.

Shopian civil society had called off strike on 29th of September and issued a protest calendar wherein they said shutdown and sit-in-protest after Friday prayers.

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