ANANTNAG: Violent clashes between police and protesters erupted in south Kashmirs Anantnag Town on Saturday against the detention of various youth over stone-pelting incidents.
Nocturnal raids and subsequent arrest of at least five youth sparked spontaneous shutdown in South Kashmirs Anantnag district while protestors took to streets and pelted stones on police and CRPF troopers.
Police resorted to tear-gas shelling to disperse the agitated protestors. Sources told Kashmir observer that locals from various areas of Anantnag district including Reshi Bazar Cheeni Chowk Malakhnag took to streets protesting against the alleged night raids conducted by the government forces.
The Special Operation Group and CRPF personnel forcibly barged into our houses and harassed the inmates, the protestors said adding that some of the youth were tortured on spot and after then were taken to unknown destination.
Locals alleged that police smashed windowpanes of residential houses at Cheeni Chowk, Malakhnag and Reshi Bazar areas of the town last evening and even thrashed elderly inmates.
Angry protesters shouted anti-police slogans triggering clashes in many parts of the town.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir observer that people amid shouting slogans marched towards Lal Chowk Anantnag and pelted stones on the police party and CRPF troopers. The police burst tear smoke shells to disperse the youth. Reports said that the clashes between protestors and police continued for hours as the town observed a complete shutdown. All the shops, business establishments and educational institutes remained closed while transport was off the road.
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