Protest rally foiled in Ganderbal; Aerial firing in Bandipora
Srinagar: Amid shutdown on the 125th consecutive day in Kashmir on Wednesday, 10 more persons were injured in clashes between protesters and security forces in Pulwama district.
Reports said that at least 10 people were injured in clashes that erupted in Pulwama district even as pro-freedom rallies were also held in various South Kashmir villages. Clashes erupted in Tahab village Wednesday morning when some police vehicles on way to SOG camp at Litter came under stone pelting attack. Reports said that forces resorted to intense tear shelling to quell the protesters resulting in injuries to at least 4 persons. Clashes also erupted in Litter village after forces attempted to foil ‘Litter chalo’ march and tried to arrest a Hurriyat leader.
Reports and witnesses said forces in huge numbers reached the area and tried to foil a proposed pro-freedom march triggering clashes. In the clashes, six persons including a woman were injured. Two persons were detained by the forces.
“People, however, foiled the attempt of police to arrest Tehreek-I-Hurriyat District President ShopianMuhamadYousufFalahi,” witnesses said. Falahi, who is wanted by police in organizing protests, is evading arrest for long even his house has been raided several times, inmates beaten up and property damaged.
People staged a rally after forces retreated from the village in the afternoon. Hundreds participated in the event amid-pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Another pro-freedom rally was held in Shopian district. Following the joint resistance leadership calendar, the people of Shopian had called for ‘HarmainChalo’ today. However, forces in large numbers were deployed in the village and restrictions imposed to foil the march. Reports said that the people then marched towards adjoining Hajipora village and organized a pro-freedom rally there.
Late evening reports said that four youth were arrested during overnight raids at SK Colony and Anchidora localities of Anantnag town. Locals said a youth Asif Sheikh of Anchidora was detained instead of his brother.
Reports from Ganderbal said that to foil “GundChalo” program called by the leadership of joint resistance camp, police intensified checking of vehicles entering Gundtownship at SumbalBala on Srinagar-Leh highway in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. A local youth from Gund identified as SahabaTantry was detained after a mild stone pelting incident in the area. No reports of any protest came in from the area. Youth resorted to mild stone pelting at main market Kangan triggering stampede.
Reports from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district said that police allegedly resorted to unprovoked aerial firing and teargas shelling in Ajas village. Locals said that police fired several teargas shells and resorted to aerial firing. The firing created panic in the area forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters in the main market. Police sources said that some youth are wanted and they had gone to Rather MohallaAjas. Residents resisted the move forcing police to fire some shots in the air. There were no reports of injuries.
Markets at various places in Srinagar opened while private traffic movement was considerable in uptown areas that include Sanatnagar, Athwajan, Pandhrethan while inter-district cabs were also seen plying on Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Baramulla highways.
Police said situation across the valley remained normal.