Tuesday, 12 February 2013 | Srinagar |
Amidst stone-pelting, anti-India slogans, aerial firing and tear-gas shelling Kashmir continues to reel under curfew and strict restrictions for the fourth consecutive day. Curfew continued in Kashmir Valley for the fourth consecutive day today even as authorities blocked all roads leading to the hometown of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru to foil any attempts by people to assemble there on the fourth day ceremony of the deceased.
News channels on local cable service remained off air while at Humhama and Sheeri two cavalcades of two Cabinet Ministers were stoned by agitated protestors.
At dozens of places government forces allegedly roughed up protestors. A 22 year old youth was hit by a shell in Sheeri who was referred to Srinagar in critical condition.
Government forces deployed in strength all over Valley are enforcing the curfew strictly.
Four people were injured in Sheeri area of Baramulla on Tuesday afternoon when clashes broke out between protesters and paramilitary forces.
Hundreds of youth took out a procession shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans and were marching towards the main market when they were stopped by the forces and the clashes broke out.
According to reports, the protestors attacked the cavalcade of Medical Education Minister Taj Mohi-u-Din while in retaliation forces resorted to tear-gas shelling and firing. Two persons were hit by rubber bullet in their heads while a youth was hit by a tear-gas shell in his eye.
The injured have been identified as Muzamil Rather, Shiekh Rashidul Islam, Abid Rashid Sofi and Tariq Nazir Wani.
One of the injured, according to doctors at the Baramulla hospital, has lost his vision.
“The injured was bought to the hospital and he has splinter injuries in his eyes. He was treated by an ophthalmologist but was later shifted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar for further treatment.” Dr Bashir Ahmad, medical superintendent of the district hospital Baramulla said.
The protesters were coming from Fatahgarh area of Sheeri towards the main market when forces fired to disperse them to make way for the cavalcade of a state minister and DC Baramulla.
Witnesses said CRPF personnel beat a youth Shiekh Rashid-ul-Islam to pulp and he received multiple injuries in his head.
He was later shifted to Srinagar in critical condition. “We were coming from Uri after inspecting whether the curfew was in place or not when we saw protesters coming out from Fatahgarh. But we were not targeted,” said DC Baramulla, Ghulam Ahmad Khawja.
Meanwhile, cavalcade of Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather was attacked at Humhama when he was on way to Budgam.
He was forced to retreat. An official said that Minister of Finance was on way to Budgam when at Humhama, protestors pelted stones on his cavalcade and he was forced to return to Srinagar.
Processions were also taken out at dozens of place across Kashmir in which young old and children participated. In central Kashmir’s Pakharpora area a large procession was taken out which dispersed peacefully. In Pulwamma, Anantnag, Shopian and Chadoora people took to streets and raised anti-India slogans.
Protestors demanded the returning of the body of Mohammad Afzal Guroo. In Hushroo area of Chadoora, CRPF personnel roughed up dozens of boys when they were busy in playing cricket in a street. The agitated youth later on resorted to stone pelting and the pitched battle continued till late between the youth and Para-military troopers.
Meanwhile, no newspaper hit the stands in Kashmir for the third consecutive day.
Authorities have made announcements through the state-owned radio and television broadcasts that additional round-the-clock ambulances have been made available to ferry sick people to hospitals from areas under curfew.
”Forces have been advised to treat the identity cards of those maintaining essential services like healthcare, water supplies and electricity as curfew passes and allow their movements through those areas,” an official said.
All the examinations and interviews scheduled to be held up to February 17 have been postponed by the authorities. Meanwhile Authorities on Tuesday lifted curfew from Ram Munshi Bagh and Raj Bagh areas fully, while it was lifted partially from the areas falling under jurisdiction of Shergarhi, Kothibagh and Sadder police stations.