SRINAGAR: Injuring at least 20 people while government continued to disallow the congregational prayers at Kashmir biggest mosque – Jamia Masjid Srinagar- for the straight 17th week.
The condition of the elderly man who was hit by a tear gas shell on his head continues to remain critical at the ICU of SKIMS Soura. Reports said the authorities imposed strict curbs in various old Srinagar areas including Nowhatta to prevent people from reaching the grand masjid to offer congregational prayers. Residents of Nowhatta said that there was heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces on the streets and nobody was allowed to proceed towards Jamia Masjid.
Strict curbs were also imposed in Maisuma and Batamaloo areas of the city.
Reports of clashes, however, poured in from Soura, Anchaar, Zakura and Batpora areas of Srinagar in which at least 10 youth sustained mild injuries. Police resorted to firing of tear gas shells to disperse the protestors.
Reports said that intense clashes were reported from HMT, Zainakote with youth hurling bricks and stones at the police and paramilitary forces. At least five youth sustained injuries in the clashes at HMT, reports said. Residents of HMT and Zainakote alleged vandalism by the forces.
Clashes also broke out at Saidapora, Eidgah in old city. Reports said that CRPF men resorted to aerial firing after their vehicle turned turtle at ‘Bangladesh’ locality in Cement Kadal.
Pro-freedom protests were reported after Friday prayers at Hyderpora, Peerbagh and Nowgam. Reports said that massive clashes broke out at Wanabal, Rawalpora and Railway Bridge when scores of youth resorted to massive stone pelting at the forces. Vehicular movement on Sanatnagar-Rangreth road remained disrupted due to the intense clashes between youth and forces, who fired tear gas shells to disperse the protestors. Late evening reports of protests poured in from various areas of old Srinagar that include Rajouri Kadal, Saraf Kadal, Safa Kaadal, Rajouri Kadal and Nowshehra.
South Kashmir: Protest demonstrations and clashes erupted in various South Kashmir areas after Friday prayers. Reports said clashes between forces and youth erupted in Tahab and Newa villages of Pulwama district after Friday prayers. “Forces lobbed tear shells to disperse the youth who however did not relent and engaged them in pitched battles,” witnesses said. However, there were no reports of any injuries.
Protest demonstrations were taken out after Friday prayers in Rohmoo and Tral areas of the district. “The protesters were shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Pro-freedom demonstrations were also taken out in Qaimoh, Khudwani, Redwani, Rampora, Kujar, Frisal, Yaripora, Bugam, Bogund, Bolsoo, Bachroo, Srandoo and Mohamadpora villages of Kulgam district after Friday prayers. “Three youth were arrested by police during overnight raids in Bogund village,” reports said.
A huge protest demonstration was held in Kundlan village of Shopian. The pro-freedom procession was lead by Tehreek-I-Hurriyat (Teh) District President Muhamad Yousuf Falahi. Falahi while addressing the gathering appealed people to remain steadfast to carry forward the movement.
North Kashmir: A day after police said that they arrested five youth on charges of torching a school in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the relatives of the detained youth staged a protest demonstration on highway near Hamray Tapper and termed the charges against arrested youth ‘baseless’ and fabricated. Police on Thursday had issued a statement according to which five youth, all residents of Hamray Pattan had been arrested for ” hatching a conspiracy and latter setting ablaze Government Middle School Tapper Pattan during the intervening night of October 26 and 27″.
The relatives of the arrested youth while terming the charges ‘baseless’ said that none of the arrested persons is involved in the torching of the school. “Police has deliberately implicated them in the arson case. They are innocent and police action is aimed at harassing the youths. One of the arrested person has four kids, their arrest is nothing but to create atmosphere of fear in the area,” said Ghulam Rasool, a protestor. Later, police arrived at the spot and dispersed the protesting relatives of arrested youth.
In old town Baramulla, soon after Friday prayers, a group of youths took out a pro-freedom protest march from Jamia Masjid. The protestors after marching through some parts of old town dispersed peacefully. However, soon after the end of the protest march a contingent of police raided the old town, triggering clashes in area. Police lobbed scores of tear gas shells and clashes continued for some time in the area.
Clashes between youth and police were reported from Palhallan and Nihalpora area of Pattan. According to reports, a group of youth in Palhallan area of Baramulla district, soon after Friday prayers, took out a pro-freedom protest march. As youth tried to approach the highway, they were stopped by the police, triggering clashes in the area. The clashes continued for some time.
In Nihalpora Pattan, police foiled an attempt of a group of youth who while taking out protest march after Friday prayers tried to move towards the highway. The protesting youths later dispersed peacefully.
Reports said that dozens of youth staged violent anti-India protests in north Kashmir’s Sopore town after Friday prayers. The youth were shouting slogans in favor of Islam, Azadi and against civilian killings. The youth also resorted to massive anti-India sloganeering and later resorted to intense stone-pelting on forces in the area who retaliated by lobbing tear smoke canisters.
Reports from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district said that clashes erupted in Gulshan Chowk and Plan areas after police foiled a pro-freedom rally. Witnesses said that youths from Plan, Nowpora and Nibripora clashed with government forces at Gulshan chowk after offering congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid. They said that youth hurled stones and bricks at security forces who responded by firing dozens of teargas and sound shells to disperse the protestors.
Peaceful pro-freedom rallies were carried out in Kehnusa, Ajas and Putushai villages of Bandipora. The rallies were addressed by several resistance leaders. The rallies culminated peacefully. Reports of clashes were also received from Kaloosa and Papchan areas of Bandipora.
Central Kashmir: Reports from Central Kashmir’s Budgam district said that massive clashes broke out at Beerwah, Sozeth, where at least two persons including a cop sustained injuries. Residents said that four youth were detained by the forces. Forces retaliated with tear gas shelling to disperse the protestors.
Peaceful protest rallies were held in Nasrullahpora where protestors marched up to main chowk. Reports from Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district said that a wheel-cart of a fruit vendor was torched by unidentified persons at Duderhama. Reports said that police detained nine youth including four from Cheki-Preng area of the district.
Locals of Beehama said they were not allowed to offer Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid of the locality on the 17th consecutive Friday.
Police Version: “Except for a few minor stone pelting incidents in Pulwama, Kulgam, Awantipora and Bandipora, overall situation across the valley remained peaceful and under control. During the day normal life was observed in the valley. Vehicles were seen plying on city roads as well as in main towns and on the inter-district roads. Necessary security deployment was made in some vulnerable points in Srinagar and also in main towns of the valley to prevent any possible untoward incident disturbing normal life and smooth flow of traffic,” police said in a statement.