Clashes Rock Kashmir Valley Amid Curfew, Scores Injured

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SRINAGAR — Two youth suffered severe eye injuries after being hit by a pellet gun fired by government forces in Sopore and were among scores of people injured in Kashmir Valley during clashes against the killing of Zakir Musa, Kashmir’s most wanted militant commander, who headed the Al Qaeda affiliate Ansar Gazwatul Hind.

The authorities imposed curfew restrictions across Valley including Pulwama, Awantipora, Srinagar, Anantnag and Budgam as a “precautionary measure”.

Internet was also snapped across the Valley as a precautionary measure, the officials said. All educational institutions including Universities, schools and colleges were closed across the Valley to prevent student protests.  

Reports of clashes were received from several parts of Srinagar including Grid Station Illahibagh, Soura, Nalbal Nowshera, Nudresh Colony Byepass, Baghi Mehtab, Manchowa, Ganderpora Eidgah, Habakadal, Mehjoornagar, Sozeht Narbal, and Humhama. Eight youths were injured due to pellets and teargas shelling at Sabzimandi Soura, report said.

Reports of clashes were also received from parts of south Kashmir including Pampore, Seer Hamdan Mattan Anantnag, Qazigund Bazar, Sernal Anantnag, Keller near Police Station Shopian, Dooru Shahabad Charsoo Awantipora and Bun Dialgam.

Reports of clashes were also received from parts of north Kashmir including Sopore, Chitibandi, Papchan, Singhpora, Main Chowk Bandipora, Shilvat Sumbal, Khanpora Baramulla, Kupwara Jamia Masjid, Khwajbagh Baramulla, Hajin and Dardusun Kralpora. One youth namely Irfan Tariq suffered injuries in his face and hand and was evacuated to Sub-District hospital Sopore where from he was referred to Bone and Joint Hospital here.

Another youth, Dawood Bashir was hit with pellets on his lumber region at Arampora and was shifted to SMHS hospital here.

Also 18-year-old Mohammad Hussain and 17-year-old Mohammad Amir suffered pellet injuries in their eyes and were shifted to SMHS hospital.

Reports of clashes were also received from parts of Ganderbal including Beehama, Kurhama, Barsoo and Safapora areas.

The situation in Kashmir remained largely peaceful, officials said.

 “There were some protests and clashes after Friday prayers at a few places,” the officials said, adding “the security forces exercised restraint.  The situation remained largely normal and under control.”  

Meanwhile, the Kashmir University (KU) examinations scheduled for Friday were rescheduled and will now be held separately.

Varsity’s Controller examinations Prof Farooq Ahmad Mir told Kashmir Observer the two examinations—B-Ed and 1st semester (2015-batch)— were scheduled for Friday. 

 “Both the examinations have been rescheduled. B-Ed examination will now be held on Sunday (May 26),” he said. The fresh examination date for 1st semester (2015-batch) will be notified separately, he added.

Meanwhile, authorities imposed curfew at most places across the Valley including Nowhatta, the old city area which houses historic Jamia Masjid. No prayers were allowed at the grand mosque, second consecutive Friday of the holy month of Ramazan.   

The authorities had also closed all educational institutions and as per the divisional administration in Kashmir, all schools and colleges across the Kashmir division shall remain closed on on Saturday (May 25) as well.

Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan said the decision to close the said educational institutions has been taken as a precautionary measure.

He said admit cards, roll number slips shall be treated as travel passes for candidates for the candidates who have to appear in different examinations on “curfew days.”

 


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