Anantnag: Kashmir valley continued to reel under curfew and restrictions for the 50th consecutive day in the wake of violence following killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Drowning of a youth at Marhama, Sangam took the death toll to 74 ever since violence broke out in the valley following the killing of militant leader
Protests erupted in Marhama Sangam area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday morning after people fished out the body of a 25 year old youth from the River Jehlum who according to locals had jumped into the river when Para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were chasing the protesters in the area on Friday evening.
The deceased youth has been identified as Shahnawaz Ahmed Khatana son of Muhammad Iqbal a resident of Doddu Marhama. Eyewitnesses told CNS that a large number of people hit to roads and raised pro-freedom slogans. They accused CRPF of murder and said that a group of protesters were chased away by CRPF personnel near Marhama while the youth in a bid to save his life jumped into the river Jehlum. “The operation to retrieve his body was started by locals and his body was recovered from the river on Saturday morning,” the protesting locals said.
Curfew continued to be in force in five police station areas of downtown city and Maisuma areas in uptown, a police official said. In south Kashmir, curfew was imposed in Pulwama district, while it continued in Anantnag, Kulgam districts as well on Saturday.
Curfew and restrictions also remained in force in North Kashmir’s restive area’s including Sopore, Pattan, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara.
Separatists had called for Badamibadh march to present letters to Indian Armed Forces asking them to vacate from Jammu and Kashmir.
All the roads leading towards Badamibagh had been sealed while the movement of people was restricted by erecting barbed wires at a number of spots in Srinagar city.
As usual strict curfew remained in force in Old Srinagar city while the movement of the people and commuters were restricted in uptown.
Reports from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district said that in a bid to thwart a pro-freedom rally forces fired pellets and tear-smoke shells to disperse people in Bugam area resulting in the injuries of more than six people. Reports said that despite the use of force, a massive pro-freedom rally was organized in the village. Witnesses said around twenty-thousand people attended the rally where pro-freedom slogans were raised. People from several Kulgam villages like Mohanpora, Ara, Bachroo, Tarigam, Yaripora, Frisal and Kujar attended the Ittehadi Millat rally, they said. Pro freedom rallies were also organized in Kanjivular village of adjoing Shopian district while an all-women rally was held Barbugh in Imam Sahib area of the district.
Over a dozen people were injured when forces fired pellets and tear-smoke shells on people who had gathered in Hanjuvera village of Pattan town in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district to organize a pro-freedom rally on Saturday morning.
The locals alleged that forces personnel arrived in civil trucks and without any provocation attacked the people. They alleged that forces personnel after targeting people with pellets and tear-smoke shells ransacked houses and thrashed people including women and children.
“A peaceful pro-freedom rally was scheduled to be held in our Hanjivera Bala village. The Para-military CRPF and SOG Pattan suddenly arrived there and targeted us with pellets and tear-gas shells without any provocation,” said locals.
The locals added that over a dozen people were injured in forces action; some of them were shifted to Srinagar for treatment. ‘A youth Mushtaq Ahmed according to them was critically injured after he was hit by a tear-gas shell in his head,” they said.
Doctors at Sub District Hospital Pattan said that they referred a youth to Srinagar hospital as he had serious pellet injuries in his eyes.
According to SSP Baramulla, Mir Imtiyaz Hussain, a large number of youth had blocked highway who were checking the identity cards of commuters. When police intervened they pelted stones on the security forces and few tear-smoke shells were lobbed to disperse them.
Meanwhile, in Pattan town two members of a family were shifted to SDH Hospital Pattan after they were hit by pellets.
Reports from Wusan Kangan said that government forces created mayhem in the area, thrashed people and damaged property. “The unbridled men in uniform were so rude that they didn’t even spare teenage girls and little children. They beat up all, damaged our houses, vehicles and electronic gadgets. We will never forgive Mehbooba led government for these atrocities,” locals said.
As many as 74 persons, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the clashes that began on July 9, a day after Wani was killed in an encounter with government forces in Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
List of 74 people killed in 50 days of Protests
1) Ashraf Ahmad Dar of Halpora Kokernag
2) Shahid Hamid Margay of Larnoo Kokernag
3) Danish Ayoub Shah of Achabal
4) Sajjad Ahmad Thokar of Utroosa Achabal
5) Aqib Manzoor of Khundru Achabal
6) Habibullah Malla of Brenti Achabal
7) Aamir Khan of Batapora Verinag
8) Safeer Bhat of Sarigam Aishmuqam
9) Aijaz Thokur of Siligam Aishmuqam
10) Imtiyaz Mandoo of Nandpora Anantnag
11) Bilal Shah of Dooru Anantnag
12) Haseeb Ganai of Khanabal Anantnag
13) Mushtaq Dar of Ujroo, Dooru Anantnag
14) Javed Ahmad of Anantnag
15) Hilal Ahmad of Harnag, Anantnag
16) Showkat Ahmad of Hassanpora Bijbehara
17) Jahangir Ganai of Hassanpora Bijbehara
18) Abdul Majeed Mochi of Arwani Bijbehara
19) Ishfaq Ahmed of Kokernag
20) Amir Nazir Latoo of Baba Mohalla, Bijbehara
21) Manzoor Ahmad Bhat of Doonipawa, Anantnag
22) Amir Yousuf Ganaie of Larkipora Dooru Anantnag
23) Shahnawaz Ahmad Khan of Dadoo Marhama Bijeberha ,Anantnag (Drowned)
24) Mashooq Ahmad Rather of Kund Qazigund
25)Zubair Khanday of Kolepora Qaimoh Kulgam
26) Yasmina Rehman of Damhal Kulgam
27) Rashid Kumhar of Damhal, Kulgam
28) Feroz Mir of Begummilo Kulgam
29) Mushtaq Ahmed Dar of Hawoora Mishpora Kulgam
30) Irfan Maqsood Dar of Bugund Kulgam
31) Khursheed Mir of Harwat Kulgam
32) Javaid Ahmad Lone of Khudwani Kulgam
33) Syeda Bano of Cheirut Qazigund
34) Showkat Ahmad Ittu of Cheirut Qazigund
35) Nelufar Akhtar of Chowgam Qazigund
36) Muzaffar Hussain Bhat of Kigam Shopian
37) Aazad Thokar of Pudsoo Shopian
38) Jahgangir Pandit of Trenz Shopian
39) Muneer Pandit of Trenz Shopian
40) Shahid Gulzar of Zainapora Shopian
41) Bilal Shan of Zawoora Shopian
42)Sayar Ahmad Kumhar of Chitragam, Shopian
43) Asif Gulzar Bhat of Chitragam, Kalan, Shopian
44)Amir Bashir Lone of Sedow Shopian
45) Altaf Rather of Rajpora Pulwama
46) Irfan Malik of Warwan Pulwama
47) Fayaz Waza of Nikloora Pulwama
48) Zahoor Ahmad Mantoo of Kakapora Pulwama (Drowned)
49) Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat of Awantipur
50) Farooq Ahmed Kuchay of Lethpiora, Awantipora
51) Bilal Ahmad Malik of Zadoora Pulwama
52) Suhail Ahmad Wani of Lethpora Pulwama
53)Shabir Ahmad Mongu of SharShali Khrew Pulwama
54) Amir Bashir Mir of Ratnipora Pulwama
55) Shakeel Ahmad Ganaie of Chandpora Rajpora Pulwama
56) Showkat Ahmed Malik of Hutmulla Kupwara
57) Sheikh Zahoor of Warsoo Kupwara
58) Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Mir of Khumriyal Kupwara
59) Mushtaq Ahmad Ganaie of Khumrial Kupwara
60) Shabir Mir of Tengpora Bund Srinagar
61) Hilal Ahmad, Tengpora Srinagar
62) Sameer Ahmed of Khonmoh, Srinagar
63) Riyaz Ahmad Shah of Chattabal, Srinagar
64) Muhammad Yasir Shiekh of Batamaloo Srinagar
65)Irfan Ahmad of Malik Angan Fateh Kadal Srinagar
66) Mohd Maqbool Wagay of Chadoora, Budgam
67) Sameer Ahmad Wani of Mullanaroo Khansahab
68)Javed Ahmad Najar of Aripanthan, Beerwah
69)Javed Ahmad Sheikh of Aripanthan, Beerwah
70)Manzoor Ahmad Lone of Aripanthan, Beerwah
71)Mohammad Ashraf Bhat of Aripanthan, Beerwah
72) Ishfaq Ahmed Dar of Tarzoo, Sopore
73) Danish Rasool Mir of Wagoora, Baramulla
74)Ishfaq Ahmad Bhat of Tangmarg Baramulla
The list has been prepared as per the information provided by the Police Control Rooms, Police Stations, relatives of victims and newspaper reports. Discrepancy, if any, may kindly be communicated to Kashmir Observer at [email protected]
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