SRINAGAR: The youth, who was shot by personnel of Sashastra Sema Bal (SSB) at Rangreth in Srinagar outskirts Thursday evening, succumbed to his injuries even as 20 persons were wounded in the clashes and protests against civilian killings that rocked various parts of Kashmir on Friday.
“Naseer Ahmed of Ashtengo, Bandipora, had received a bullet on the left side of his chest in SSB firing at Rangreth. He breathed his last at around 12 in the night,” a source at SKIMS, Soura told Greater Kashmir.
Clashes in old city:
Soon after the Friday prayers culminated at the historic Jamia Masjid in old Srinagar, scores of youth took out a protest march amid pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans. The protestors marched towards Nowhatta chowk where forces intercepted them and tried to chase them. “Forces resorted to intense tear gas shelling and also fired pellets at the protestors in which more than 10 youth sustained injuries, majority of them were hit by pellets. The injuries were not however grave and the injured were treated locally,” a witness said.
The clashes later spilled over to other adjoining areas including Rajouri Kadal and Saraf Kadal.
A police official said that they exercised maximum restraint while dealing with the protestors. “Some youth may have received minor injuries,” he said. However, a witness said while chasing the protestors, forces fired tear gas shells near Jamia Masjid. “Some shells landed inside the lawns of the Masjid,” the witness said.
Reports of mild clashes also poured in from Rangreth area. A witness said that youth had blocked main road by placing big rocks and logs to register their protest against the killing.
At least two protesters were wounded in clashes between protesters and government forces in Pampore township of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Scores of youth staged massive protests in Drangbal, Frestbal and Kadalbal areas after news about the Arwani encounter spread in Pampore town. There were rumors that a local militant Adil Ahmad of Drangbal Pampore is trapped in the besieged village.
Massive clashes erupted at Drangbal and Khrew chowk when youth pelted stones on forces, resulting in injuries to two civilians.
According to local sources, youth pelted stones on forces deployed on the roads. The force personnel retaliated with tear smoke shells and pellets. In the forces action two protesters sustained injuries. “We received two injured persons. One of them with pellet injury in eye has been referred to SMHS hospital in Srinagar. Other one is being treated here,” the Block Medical Officer Pampore told Greater Kashmir.
Amid protests and clashes, complete shutdown was observed across the town as shops, business establishments were shut and thin transport movement was seen on the roads.
The authorities deployed contingents of police and paramilitary forces at various places to thwart any kind of violence.
Clashes broke out in the main Pulwama town after Friday prayers against civilian killings. Forces were deployed in strength to deal with protestors. The protestors clashed with forces for sometime and later dispersed.
As soon as Friday prayers ended at Khankah Faiz Panah Tral, scores of youth assembled outside Khanqah-I-Faiz Panah to take out a protest rally to Tral Payeen.
The protesters raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Later, clashes erupted between protestors and government forces at court road. However, forces chased the protesters away. Soon after protests and stone pelting incident, shopkeepers downed their shutters.
Clashes in Sopore:
Soon after Friday prayers ended youth assembled near Markazi Jamia Masjid Sopore in north Kashmir and raised pro-freedom slogans.
The youth were protesting against the civilian killings at Rangreth and Arwani, Ananatnag.
A witness said the protesters were stopped by the government forces. As the forces barred the youth to take out a march, they started pelting stones on the forces, who responded with teargas shells to disperse the protesters, witnesses said.
Restrictions in Srinagar parts today:
Srinagar district administration has decided to impose restrictions in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of five police stations. District Magistrate Srinagar said restrictions under Section 144 will be imposed in Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, Safakadal and MR Gunj police stations on Saturday.
The announcement follows the shutdown call given by separatists against civilian killings in Rangreth and Arwani.
All KU exams postponed:
In view of concerns expressed by students vis-a-vis transportation, all Kashmir University examinations scheduled to be held on June 17, Saturday, have been postponed. Fresh dates for the deferred examinations shall be notified separately, later, a KU spokesman said.
According to District Magistrate Pulwama, in view of prevailing law and order situation, restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC shall remain in force in Pampore tehsil on June 17. However, medical emergency cases shall remain exempted from the operations of the restriction orders.
He said all the educational institutions in the district Pulwama shall remain closed on Saturday.
According to the District Magistrate Anantnag, in view of prevailing law and order situation, all educational institutions in the district will remain closed on June 17.
Policemen allegedly misbehaved and roughed up two photojournalists in south Kashmir’s Pulwama town when they were carrying out their professional duties. Kamran Yousuf of Greater Kashmir and Nisar-ul-Haq of Rising Kashmir were allegedly beaten and abused by the police men. “Without any reason, they literally tore our clothes,” stated Kamran.