Kashmir Mourns Manan Killing 

SRINAGAR — Scores of people were injured in government forces action on Friday as Kashmir Valley observed a complete shutdown against the killing of PhD scholar turned Hizbul Mujahideen militant Manan Bashir Wani and his associate Ashiq Husain in an encounter with government forces in north Kashmir on Thursday. 

Reports said that amidst a complete shutdown in response to the call given by the joint resistance leadership (JRL), hundreds of people protested at many places against the killing of Manan and Ashiq Hussain Zargar, both residents of Kupwara.

At least five people suffered injuries in pellet firing by government forces at Tikipora, the native village of Manan. Among the injured Bashir Ahmad (23) son of Mohammad Sultan Bhat, Mohammad Shafi son Wali Mohamad Lone and Shafat Ahmad Naikoo son of Ghulam Mohdin, both residents of Diver Lolab, were shifted to Sub District Hospital from where they were referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment.   Another injured, Tariq Lohar of Kakerpati,  was admitted in the SDH. 

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The locals also alleged that CRPF troopers allegedly misbehaved with Manan’s aunt Razeena Begum.

In the clashes that continued till late evening, Additional SP Kupwara, Shafqat Hussain, ITBP trooper Mohammad Maqbool and Head Constable Ghulam Mohammad of  SOG camp were injured in clashes at Takipora.

In Lalpora Lolab, at least four people suffered minor injuries in government forces action against angry youth who attacked police station with stones. The CRPF and police fired warning shots after they failed to disperse stone pelting protesters with batons and tear smoke shells.

SHO Lalpora Abdur Rashid, Head Constable Ghulam Mohammad were also injured in the clashes that continued till late evening.

During the clashes, forces fired a teargas that fell inside the house of Haji Ghulam Mohammad Bhat due to which it reportedly caught fire. Immediately fire tenders rushed to the spot and doused off the flames. The fire caused partial damage to house hold goods.

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The residents of Batpora, Lalpora, Sheikhpora, Teli Mohalla and other villages accused CRPF troopers of ransacking their properties. They alleged that the troopers also beat up several people without any reason.

In Sogam, two youth were injured during clashes between government forces and the protesters. The youth identified as Akhtar Ahmad Lone and Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat were removed to the nearby hospital for treatment.

Police have filed two separate FIRs 79/2018 under section 147, 148, 149 and 80/2018 under section 147, 148,149 at Sogam police station in connection with violent protests against Manan’s killing on Thursday. One FIR pertains to the injury caused to Chowki Officer Kuligam in stone pelting clashes, sources said.

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The frontier district of Kupwara wore a deserted look in wake of the shutdown. All educational institutions in the district remained closed amid fears of protests.

Reports of clashes were also received from several parts of south Kashmir, where a complete shutdown was observed on JRL call.

In Redwani Bala in Kulgam, protesters fought pitched battles with government forces after offering congregational Friday prayers. The government forces used numerous tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters, witnesses said.

In Srinagar, a complete shutdown was observed with shops, financial establishments, petrol pumps and banks remaining closed while skeletal traffic plied on the roads, reports said.

After Friday prayers, members of joint resistance leadership held a protest at Maiusma against the killing of the two Hizb militants. However, the protesters dispersed peacefully. The protest was led by Sheikh Abdur Rashid of Hurriyat Conference.

“People should remember sacrifices rendered by our youth and abstain from participating in the so-called elections. One and all must boycott the polls,” Rashid said.

In Soura, youth staged a protest and clashed with the government forces. During the ding-dong battles, at least two people were injured.

Reports of clashes were also received from Natipora, Chanpora, Mochowa and Kralpora areas of city and outskirts. The government forces used tear smoke shells and pellets to break up the pro-freedom demonstrations, reports said.

Meanwhile, reports of the shutdown have also been received from Banihal town, and Gundadalkoot, Charil, Tethar and Nowgam markets located on Jammu-Srinagar highway. (with inputs from GNS)

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