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Shutdown, clashes, protests continue on 55th day in Kashmir

SRINAGAR (KNS): A complete shutdown was observed on 55th straight day in Kashmir while the clashes and protests continued in several areas during which scores of people were injured and were shifted to hospital for treatment.

However, reports said that restrictions were imposed in few areas to thwart the possible protests against the civilian killings in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, according to KNS correspondent, amid observing complete shutdown, clashes and protests were reported in several areas in central Kashmir.

Witnesses said that clashes erupted between youth and forces in several Srinagar areas Kak Sarai, Batamaloo and Nowhatta during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the agitating youth.

Witnesses said that besides clashes, pro-freedom songs were reverberating in local Masjid’s in several areas.

“Since this morning, the pro-freedom songs were reverberating in local Masjid’s in Habba Kadal, Fateh Kadal, Batamaloo, and others,” witnesses said.

Reports said that clashes erupted in Mazhama and Kanihama villages of central Kashmir’s Budgam district after forces allegedly ransacked the residential house of the local residents.

Reports said that score of people were injured during the clashes between youth and forces in Mazhama area of Budgam district.

The injured youth were shifted to the health centres on private vehicles while some among the injured were shifted to Sub-district hospital Magam.

Reports further said that in Kanhima, women took to streets and staged protests against the alleged ransacking of the residential houses in the locality.

The protesters raised anti-government and pro-freedom slogans during the protest.

Witnesses said that a peaceful pro-freedom rally was organised today despite strict curfew like restrictions around the village Yarikalan (one km from Chadoora Town).

The rally was addressed by Mushtaq-ul-islam, Mohammad Maqbool and other leaders of Hurriyat.
The rally was attended by the people from villages including Repora, Doyan, Kolibagh, Kralpora, Kathair, Devbagh, Namthehall, Panzan, Chillyech and others.

Meanwhile, reports of clashes and protests were also reported from several areas throughout the day.

Similarly, besides observing complete shutdown, clashes and protests were reported in South Kashmir areas while the forces also tried to foil the protest events but despite that people organized the event during which thousands of people took participation.

Reports said that at least five persons were injured after forces raided a pro-freedom rally venue in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.

Local reports said that people of Furrah village had planned a pro-freedom rally-cum-unity conference today. “People were on roads for all the night,” locals said, “the people feared that forces might foil it thus they were alert.”

The locals said that forces raided the venue early this morning and damaged the stage.

“Tent which was erected by the locals to accommodate people was brought down; electricity generator was taken by police along with them; the food which was prepared for the guests arriving g from various too was taken away by police,” locals said.

They added that people resisted the forces action holding pro-freedom demonstrations. “The forces fired several tear gas canisters and pellets during which five civilians were injured,” they said.

Two among the injured civilians were shifted to Srinagar for specialized treatment.
“They were hit by pellets in their eyes,” they said.

Despite the forces action, people organized the rally in which people from adjoining areas including Munghaal, Saninpora, Peerfourrah, Zadoora, Churhama, Malpora, Lelpora, Ganoor areas participated.

Scores of people were injured after forces fired pellets and used teargas shells to foil the protests and pro-freedom rallies in Anantnag and Kulgam districts in South Kashmir.

Reports and witnesses said that eight people were injured after forces tries to foil a pro-freedom-cum-unity rally in Badasgam village in Kokernag area of Anantnag district.

Meanwhile, huge rallies were organized in Shamsipora village of Anantnag and Pakherpora area of Pulwama district in which thousands of people participated.

Witnesses said that a pro-freedom rally was also organized in Trenz area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district in which thousands of people participated.

Local sources told KNS that clashes erupted between youth and forces in Goriwan area of Bijbehara during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth.

Witnesses said that clashes also erupted in Sangam area of Anantnag district while forces use tear smoke shells to disperse the youth.

However, no injury was reported during the clashes in the area.

Meanwhile, reports of clashes and protests were also reported from several north Kashmir areas.

According to KNS correspondent, Bhat Zahoor, at least five youth were arrested during the nocturnal raids in three villages of Subal Sonawari area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

The youth were arrested from Barabad, Vihchpara and Shagund villages.

Two brothers identified as Bilal Ahmad Koul and Muhammad Ashiiq Koul, sons of Ghulam Muhammad Koul were arrested from their residential house in Barabad, Sumbal. “Hilal Ahmad Paray, son of Muhammad Jamal Paray and Tariq Ahmad Lone, son of Abdul Majid Lone were arrested in Vichpara Hajin while Manzoor Ahmad Dar, son of Sana-Ullah Dar, alias Babloo was arrested from his residential house at Shagund Hajin,” locals said.

As per KNS correspondent, minor clashes erupted between youth and forces in Sumbal area during which forces dispersed the youth by resorting to tear gas canisters.

Witnesses said that peaceful protests were held in several areas of Bandipora district against the arrest of these youth.

Reports said that hundreds of traders who were joined by local youth held protest rally in Bandipora.

Amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, protesting traders marched from Peer Masjid to Nowpora Chowk where many elders and Mohalla heads addressed the gathering.

Reports said that the speakers urged international community, UNO and IOC to pressurize India to end its “colonialism” in Kashmir and address the issue according to UN resolutions.

Reports said that clashes erupted between youth and forces in Papchan area of Bandipora after locals assembled outside the roads.

Stone pelting started in the area after forces entered the village and lobbed scores of tear smoke shells to disperse protesters.

Meanwhile, Hurryiat(G) organized a pro-freedom rally in Khenusa area of Bamdipora.

People from Khudgumunglu, Ashtangoo, Kanibathi and Zurimanz assembled in Khenusa Eidgah and were addressed by Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani telephonically.

According to KNS correspondent, the residents of Mazhama Magam area of Tangmarg staged protest against the alleged highhandedness of forces.

The protesters raised pro-freedom slogans during the protest.

Locals alleged that forces entered in their residential house and ransacked the windowpanes and other goods as well.

They said that four youth were also arrested by the forces.

Reports said that protests were held in Ownagam village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district against the arrest of a shopkeeper.

Hundreds of men, women and children took to streets and staged protests against the arrest of shopkeeper.

They were demanding immediate release of the shopkeeper.

Meanwhile, reports said that hundreds of residents from Sever, Harden, Warnow and Drudban areas staged protest at Khurhama Lolab against the alleged overnight harassment by forces in the areas.

They displayed army uniform having been snatched from the accused troopers during scuffle with angry residents as evidence to local magistrate.

Reports said that the magistrate has assured “resolution of the issue amicably”.

Meanwhile, reports said that curfew like restrictions were imposed in Kaloosa area where forces forced people to remain indoors.

However, police officials said that no restrictions or curfew was imposed in any part of the Kashmir.

According to KNS correspondent, clashes erupted in Kupwara, Handwara , Nutnussa, Drugmulla, Bramri and other areas of Kupwara district during which dozens of people were injured.

However all the raod leading towards Kupwara town were sealed by the authorities, witnesses said.
Over a dozen of people were injured after forces fired pellets and burst teargas shells in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

At least eight persons were injured during the clashes in Bramri Drugmulla and Nutnussa Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, reports and witness said.

They said that eight people have suffered injuries and were shifted to Kupwara Hospital for treatment.
In Drugmulla, Bramri, Nutnussa and other areas, women took to streets after forces smashed window panes and ransacked the residential houses in these villages. 

Meanwhile, according to a spokesman of the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, barring some stray stone pelting incidents, the overall situation remained under control throughout the valley till filing of this report.

“Three stone pelting incidents were reported from Srinagar and Kupwara, and one each from Anantnag, Shopian, Ganderbal, Budgam and Sopore,” the spokesman said and added that at these places miscreants came on the roads and attempted to disturb the normal traffic and movement of people by pelting stones on vehicles and on police and security force deployments.

He said increased inter district and inner city traffic movement continued through-out the Valley. (KNS)

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