SRINGAR: Protests erupted at many places in Kashmir on Wednesday after authorities lifted a curfew throughout the valley for the first time in 54 days. A teenager was killed and several others were injured in clashes between stone-throwing protesters and government forces.
The slain was identified as Danish Manzoor Nadihal village of district Baramullah.
A doctor at District Hospital Baramulla said that Danish succumbed to injuries at the hospital. He said that five more injured were brought to the hospital. “Three of them have been referred to Srinagar for further treatment.”
Two of the five injured persons were identified as Idrees Ahmad Malik (14), s/o Altaf Ahmad and Ishaaq Bashir Lone (25), both residents of Ladoora Baramulla.
Residents said a protest erupted in northern Nadihal village after troops prevented trucks carrying fruit from entering the area. They said police and soldiers also beat up residents and ransacked homes in the village.
“Army informed us that they fired in air,” S P Sopore Harmeet Singh Mehta said.” We found six people with injuries who were shifted to hospital where one youth succumbed to his injuries.”
Earlier, intense clashes erupted outside Fruit Mandi Sopore on Wednesday morning after vehicles carrying fruits were stopped by forces.
According to reports, the authorities had asked the fruit sellers to open the fruit stalls after 9 am instead of 7 am. Army had reportedly stopped the vehicles laden with apples. This angered the people and started raising pro-freedom slogans. Forces fired teargas and pellets to disperse off the protesters. Hundreds of vehicles returned from the fruit Mundi without selling the produce.
“We have been opening the Fruit Mundi in early morning and now we are being told to open it after 9 am,” Mushtaq Ahmad, the president of Fruit Mundi Sopore said. ”rmy and forces stopped our fruit vehicles today and did not allow people to enter. So we decided to close the Mandi.”
According to the eyewitnesses, forces including Rashtriya Rifles personnel from 32 RR Trugpora army camp had entered Nadihal village beating locals besides damaging the private property.
“Danish was injured when army opened fire,” locals said, “two others were injured and the trio was rushed to Baramulla district hospital.”
Despite the lifting of the curfew, shops and schools remained closed because of a protest strike called by separatists.
Clashes broke out after the forces started clearing the blockades erected by the protesters near the Nowpora chowk. While the protesters hurled rocks in Old Jamia area of the town, the forces responded by bursting teargas shells.
A minor girl sustained injuries after a teargas shell exploded in front of her in Kaloosa area of Bandipora in north Kashmir on Wednesday. The girl, identified as 15-year-old Nazia Rashid, is being treated at Sub-district Hospital Bandipora.
A similar rally was held at Hajin area of Bandipora district. Following the resistance groups call, the people of the area offered the afternoon prayer on road at main market Hajin. Soon after prayer, people held a massive protest in which they raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
The rally later passed though different localities in the area which was led by jointly by pro freedom activists in the area. The protesters later dispersed peacefully.
A rally was also organized in Naidkhai Pattan that was attended by thousands of people. The rally culminated peacefully.
Reports from South Kashmir said that the arrests, ransacking and raids by police sparked massive protests in SK Colony and Anchidora areas of Anantnag district.
The locals alleged forces ransacked household goods, smashed windowpanes and picked up two elderly men from SK Colony and Anchidora areas.
Raids were also reported from nearby Dabruna village where an elderly man, Farooq Ahmad Dar, was picked up after the forces raided his house in the pursuit of his son. Another elderly man was picked up from his residence in Anchidora area, said a local. Reports of stone-pelting also came from Kadipora Anantnag.
Reports from Srinagar said that a massive pro-freedom procession was carried out by youth from Nowhatta area of old city that was stopped by police near Khanyar triggering clashes. Government forces according to witnesses fired tear-gas shells to disperse the protesters who were carrying green flags and raising anti-India slogans. Witnesses added that two senior photojournalists, Farooq Javed Khan and Waseem Andrabi, sustained injuries while covering these clashes. Khan, who works for EPA, has sustained injures in left shoulder while Andrabi, a Hindustan Times staffer has sustained injures on rib cage.
In Budgam Zuhar prayers were offered on road that was led by senior separatist leader Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi. Soon after completion of Nimaz people held a massive protest in which they raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
The curfew, a series of communication blackouts and a tightening crackdown have failed to stop some of the largest protests in recent years, triggered by the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8.
Since then, tens of thousands of people have defied security restrictions, staged protests and clashed with government forces on a daily basis.
At least 75 civilians have been killed and thousands injured, mostly by government forces firing bullets and shotguns at stone-throwing protesters.
Two policemen have been killed while hundreds of government forces have been injured in the clashes.
LeT Threatens J&K Police
SRINAGAR: Militant organization Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) on Wednesday asked policemen to treat pro-freedom people and their families as their own.
“Police should refrain from harassing pro-freedom people and their families. The treatment they will give to them, we will respond with same treatment to policemen and their families,” LeT chief Mehmood Shah said in a press statement.
“There is no example of stone verses bullet across the world except Kashmir. Now police is misbehaving with families of youths who are pelting stones. As you sow, so shall you reap,” Shah said.
100s Injured In South Kashmir
Reports from Kulgam district said that at least 25 persons were wounded in police action. Witnesses said that in a bid to thwart a proposed pro-freedom rally, the government forces raided the venue during the dead of the night and ransacked the stage and uprooted the erected tents at Katrosu Kulgam.
As the people came to know about the presence of police, they hit to roads and clashed with them resulting in intense clashes. Witnesses said that despite the police action people assembled at the venue in the village and staged a massive protest there.
Several people were injured in clashes in different parts of Kulgam district including Tangabal, Mahipora, Nasu, Mughalgund, Kadipora, Parigam and Batapora areas.
Over 50 persons were injured in clashes with the government forces in Kaimoh and Aishmuqam areas of south Kashmir districts of Kulgam and Anantnag respectively.
Reports and witnesses said that over 40 persons were injured in clashes that erupted after forces vandalized the venue of a proposed pro-freedom rally in Karshangam village of Aishmuqam. The injured have been shifted to SDH Seer and Muqam for treatment. In a similiar incident, over a dozen people were injured during clashes in Khudwani village of Qaimoh in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. They said that two people have suffered pellet injuries in eyes and head.
Reports from Pulwama district said that more than 25 people were wounded in violent clashes. The protesters were protesting against the occupation of an educational institute by Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel. The protesters demanded immediate relocation of forces personnel. Witnesses said that government forces showered pellets on the protesters injuring more than two dozen people. Some of the injured who were shifted to Srinagar hospitals have suffered pellet injuries in eyes. Clashes and protests were also reported from Rajpora and Newa Pulwama.
At least five persons were injured when forces used force in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. Reports said that protests erupted in Aarhama area of the district when forces came to “clear the road blockade”. Soon clashes erupted in the area and forces used pellets, reports said. Five persons were rushed to district hospital Shopian where they were given first aid. “Two of the injured have been rushed to a Srinagar hospital,” hospital sources said. “One of the two has been hit in eyes.”
Massive Rallies Conducted In Srinagar
Reports from Srinagar said that a massive pro-freedom procession was carried out by youth from Nowhatta area of old city that was stopped by police near Khanyar triggering clashes.
Government forces according to witnesses fired tear-gas shells to disperse the protesters who were carrying green flags and raising anti-India slogans. Witnesses added that two senior photojournalists, Farooq Javed Khan and Waseem Andrabi, sustained injuries while covering these clashes. Khan, who works for EPA, has sustained injures in left shoulder while Andrabi, a Hindustan Times staffer has sustained injures on rib cage.
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