Forceful demonstrations in Baramulla
Srinagar 03 Oct-2009:Forceful anti-India demonstrations marked with fierce clashes between the protestors and the Indian police personnel were held in Baramulla town, today, against the killing of a 6th class student by the troops. The authorities imposed curfew in some areas of the town and the police resorted to brute force to break up the demonstrations. The boy was martyred, yesterday, when the troops fired upon an anti India protest.
Several persons were injured when Indian police subjected protesters to heavy lathi charge and excessive tear gassing in the Pirbagh area of Srinagar. They were agitating against the unauthorized occupation of people’s private land by Indian agencies in the area.
(Xinhua) reports from Baramulla — Police imposed severe restrictions Saturday in Baramulla town of India-controlled Kashmir following the killing of a 12-year-old boy Friday during protest demonstrations, officials said on Saturday.
“The decision to impose restrictions is a precautionary measure to prevent situation from deteriorating further,” said a senior police official posted in the town.
On Friday, a boy was killed and six others suffered injuries during the clashes between police and stone-throwing youth in Baramulla, 52 km northwest of Srinagar, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir.
The clashes broke out after police prevented the people from staging demonstrations against New Delhi’s rule in the region and continued detention of senior separatist hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Police said hundreds of young Kashmiris came out from town’s mosques after offering Friday afternoon prayers and started shouting anti-India slogans and throwing stones on the police.
Locals said police fired teargas and used batons to disperse the protesters.
“A boy named Irfan Ahmad Lone was seriously hurt after a teargas smoke shell fired by police hit his head. Though he was rushed to Srinagar for treatment but he succumbed to the injury onhis way,” said Shafaqat Ahmad, a local resident.
The deceased boy was laid to rest in town’s graveyard late Friday night and hundreds of people attended the funeral procession.
Meanwhile, the situation in town was stated to be tense Saturday morning. At couple of places the youth are reported to have engaged police deployed in the town in pitched battles.