Srinagar, April 19: In Kashmir (IOK), forceful protest demonstrations against the rape and murder of eight-year-old Kathua girl, Aasifa Bano, continued to rock Srinagar and all major towns. Dozens of people including students were injured in the brutal actions of Indian troops and police personnel on the protesters.
People including students of different schools and colleges took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Nagam, Chadoora, Ganderbal, Kangan, Shopian, Pulwama, Islamabad, Baramulla, Sopore, Boniyar, Rafiabad, Delina, Kupwara, Bandipore, Ajas and other areas, demanding stern punishment to the rapists and killers of the minor girl. The protesters raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans and waved Pakistani flags in different areas. Indian police and troops fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters at many places, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel. Dozens of people including students sustained injuries in the forces’ actions. Some of the critically injured were shifted to different hospitals of Srinagar. Scores of specially-abled persons held a protest rally in Kupwara town against the rape and murder of Kathua girl. They demanded death penalty to the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
Complete shutdown was observed in Tral town of Pulwama district, today, against the use of brute force on students by the Indian forces, yesterday. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road in the town.