‘Clashes leave many injured; Pattan, Nowhatta Shuts against atrocities’
Srinagar, Sept 19: In Indian-administrated Kashmir curfew is in force in Shopian since the killing of five civilians by Indian Central Reserve Force personnel during the first week of September. Talking to the media, the locals of the area complained that they were facing acute shortage of daily commodities and medicines.Shopian town in south Kashmir remained under curfew for the 13th consecutive day today following killing of five persons in CRPF firing in two separate incidents last week.
“Curfew is in force in Shopian township even today,” DC Shopian, Bashir Ahmad Bhat told reporters.
Bhat, however said, the district administration plans to relax the restrictions in the afternoon if the situation remains peaceful.
“We are planning to ease restrictions in the afternoon,” he said.
A complete shutdown was observed in north Kashmir’s Pattan town against the killings of two Hizbul Mujahideen militants for the second consecutive day. Authorities imposed undeclared curfew to thwart any protest in the restive area of Palhalan, the native village of two slain militants who were killed in a gunfight inside a school in Goshbugh.
Police and CRPF personnel used dozens of tear smoke shells to disperse the agitated youth who resorted to heavy stone-pelting in Palhalan area soon after the deployment of troopers was withdrawn from the area.
Locals alleged that police used excessive force to quell the protests, the allegation denied by police. Witnesses said that as the evening approached, police and paramilitary troopers started moving to their respective stations. Scores of youth intercepted them and attacked the deployment with stones.
During the clashes, one youth identified as Ajaz Ahmed son of Nazir Ahmed was injured who was referred to a hospital in Srinagar. Witnesses said that Ajaz was not the part of protests and was on his way to his home.
Meanwhile, shutdown was observed at Nowhatta in Srinagar for the second consecutive day, today, against the detention of a youth Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh, by Indian police. Mushtaq Ahmad was arrested by police on Wednesday for participating in anti-India protest demonstrations.
Mushtaq, brother of seven sisters, works as a bus conductor, was whisked away by Indian police, yesterday morning.
The protesters including the mother and seven sisters of the detained youth while demanding his release said that the police was torturing him.