Day 87: Kashmir Remains Crippled

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Srinagar: Normal life remained crippled in Kashmir Valley due to shutdown and enforcement of curfew and other restrictions for the 87th consecutive day, on Monday.

Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength in all major cities and market places to prevent anti-India and pro-freedom rallies and protests in the territory.

According to a police official security forces have been deployed at some places, including market places, to instil a sense of security among the people so that they can carry out their day-to-day activities without fear.

Many street vendors, hand cart vendors were seen selling goods like fruits, vegetables, fresh juice, tea and snacks at many places in the city.

However, life in downtown city and other parts of the Valley, including district headquarters and towns, remained affected for the 87th straight day due to the shutdown call of the separatists, who have been spearheading the ongoing unrest in the Valley seeking resolution of Kashmir issue.

Meanwhile, scores of Kashmiri students seeking justice to those killed and injured by men in uniform held anti-India protests in Srinagar, Sopore, Bandipora, Kupwara and other areas of the territory. The students were wearing school bags and carrying placards with slogans demanding freedom from India.

 

Geelani Condemns ‘Inhuman’ Killing Of Ex-Sarpanch

Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday condemned the killing of a former village headman by militants in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, saying it is “un-Islamic and inhuman” to kill an unarmed person.

“While condemning the murder of Fayaz Ahmad (ex-sarpanch) of Kandizal Kakpora Pulwama by unidentified gunmen, Geelani said it is un-Islamic and inhuman to kill any unarmed person without any proper reason and this is unjustified,” a spokesman of Geelani-led Hurriyat said in a statement.

The former village headman affiliated to opposition National Conference was shot dead by militants in his house at Kakapora on Sunday.

While Geelani has been condemning killing of unarmed persons in the past, he has rarely raised his voice against killings of mainstream politicians and political workers.

 

 

Suspected Militants Decamp With 5 Rifles

At least five rifles were snatched from J&K Police cops by suspected militants in South Kashmir on Monday.

Sources said that suspected militants over powered some cops guarding a minority family in Kulgam district.

“The militants snatched five self-loading rifles, 250 rounds and ten magazines from them,” police sources said.

The incident happened at Saamnu Nehama in Dam Haal Hanji Pora, Kulgam

The rifle snatching incidents are frequently reported from South Kashmir. In September itself, at least sixteen rifles were snatched from cops by suspected militants in South Kashmir.

 

CRPF Men Go Berserk, Smash Vehicles

CRPF men smash vehicles of invitees of marriage function at Elahi Bagh in the outskirts of Srinagar on Monday.

Residents of Elahi Bagh alleged that CRPF men broke the panes of vehicles parked by the invitees who were attending the marriage function there without any provocation.

They said there was a marriage function at Malla Bagh at Elahi Bagh and the invitees had parked their vehicles outside.

“The CRPF men were patrolling in the area at 6.45 pm. There was no stone pelting incident still they went berserk and smashed all the vehicles of the guests,” said the residents.

 

Miscreants Burst Cracker To Scare Shopkeepers

Srinagar: A Mysterious explosion on Monday created panic in Batmaloo locality of Srinagar. Witnesses said that vendors who had set up their stalls ran for cover, thinking that a grenade was tossed at them.

Station House Officer (SHO) Batmaloo said that some miscreants in a bid to scare the vendors exploded a firecracker.

“It was not a grenade blast. Roadside vendors have resumed their normal business and to frighten them, miscreants set a ‘cracker’ in air that scared the people,” he said.

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