Srinagar, April 06: Massive protests rocked all major towns of the Kashmir, today, over the recent killing of 18 youth by the Indian troops while several people were injured due to the use of brute force by the troops on the protesters.
People took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Charar-e-Sharif, Ganderbal, Kangan, Shopian, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kupwara, Trehgam, Palhalan, Pattan, Baramulla and other areas raising high-pitched pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian troops and police personnel fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters at various places, injuring many of them. People also offered funeral prayers in absentia in Budgam and other areas for the martyrs.
The MBBS students of government Medical College, Srinagar, held a sit-in protest in Shaheed Afzal Guru Park in the campus lawns against the killings. A resolution framed by the Joint Resistance Leadership was also adopted at various mosques during congregational prayers. The resolution condemned the killings, expressed sympathy with the families of the victims and appreciated Pakistan for observing the Kashmir Solidarity Day, today. Indian police arrested several Hurriyat leaders and activists after they try to take rallies.
The authorities had imposed strict restrictions in Srinagar and curfew in Kangan area of Ganderbal to prevent people from staging demonstrations. Following widespread protests by students, yesterday, the authorities had ordered closure of all educational institutions and suspended train service in the Kashmir Valley. The Jamia Masjid of Srinagar was sealed and people were not allowed to offer Juma prayers at the historic mosque.
The administration continued to put Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik and other Hurriyat leaders under house arrest or in custody. Indian police arrested Hurriyat leader.
Meanwhile, Indian troops in their anti-rebel operation killed one youth during in a gunfight in Kangan area of Pulwama district.