96 killed, 15000 injured, 124 days of continuous strike, 17 weeks of Jamia Masjid Siege
Srinagar Nov 08:Kashmir agitation triggered by the killing of HizbulMujahideen commander BurhanWani on July 8 entered into fifth month Tuesday amid complete shutdown on the 124th consecutive day.
The four-month long uprising saw killing of 96 people and injuries to 15000 civilians of which 1100 were hit with pellets in their eyes. Authorities didn’t allow congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid for the 17th consecutive week triggering resentment among people. Schools, colleges, universities and business establishments continue to remain shut albeit relaxations announced by the joint resistance leadership. Mobile internet services also continue to remain shut due to “security reasons.”
SRINAGAR: Most of the Srinagar areas including old Srinagar remained shut. Batwara market, which is located just outside the main entrance gate of Army’s Srinagar headquarters, also remained shut. However, markets like Sanatnagar, Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Sonwar, Hazratbal, Nigeen were partially open. Inter-district cabs could be seen plying on Srinagar-Jammu highway and Srinagar-Baramulla highway. There was a huge rush of private vehicles and pedestrian movement in city centreLalChowk. The rush doubled after 4 p.m on the relaxation call given by the joint resistance leadership with frequent jams taking place at Regal Chowk, JehangirChowk, Amira Kadal and Moulana Azad Road. Reports from old Srinagar said that a pro-freedom rally was held from Gojwara that passed through RajouriKadal where forces fired dozens of tear gas shells to disperse the rally. Another rally was taken from Nowhatta which was also stopped by the forces who fired tear gas shells. Mild clashes were going on in old city areas till late evening, reports and witnesses said.
South Kashmir: As the ongoing uprising entered its fifth month shutdown continued in South Kashmir on Tuesday even as transport plied on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. Reports said that complete shutdown continued to be observed in Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts with shops closed and traffic off the roads. “Except for thin movement of transport on the inter-district roads, the streets in these districts are still wearing a deserted look,” reports said.
All the major towns – including Pulwama, Kakpora, Shopian, Tral, Awantipora ,Pampore, Qaimoh and Bijbehara are completely shut. However, in Anantnag district private transport can be seen plying on the roads. “In the main town vendors can be seen doing business in Lalchowk, Khanabal as well as K.P road while as private transport and auto rickshaws could also be seen plying.” Bijbehara town and villages, however, remained completely shut.
Reports of overnight raids poured in from Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian villages with reports of arrests also. People of volatile Qaimoh village of Kulgam – Khudwani, Redwani, Rampora and Hawoora-Mishpora allege that army has been allegedly harassing the residents and picking up youth during raids. “Among the arrested include brother of Hizb militant AtafKachroo from Hawoora.”
At least five shops were gutted in a mysterious fire in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district late Monday night.
North Kashmir: In Palhallan area of Baramulla district, scores of women took out a pro-freedom protest march. Protesting women later dispersed peacefully.
In Kupwara district, all the major towns like Handwara, Sogam, Krapora, Trehgam and adjoining areas observed complete shutdown. There were no reports of any protests in the district.