Shut down and clashes at Sopore, Bandipora and Hajin

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Panic gripped in North Kashmir’s Sopore town when groups of youth suddenly appeared in market and asked shopkeepers to put down their shutters. The youth according to reports indiscriminately pelted stones on CRPF bunker stationed inside State Bank of India.

According to CNS, life was normal in Sopore when suddenly scores of youth appeared in the market and enforced shutdown there. The youth amid pro-freedom  and pro-election boycott slogans resorted to stone-pelting as a result the market presented a deserted look.

Police and CRPF used tear-smoke shells to disperse the protestors. Reports said that the clashes between youth and government forces continued for hours at different places in Sopore town.

SP Sopore Abdul Qayoom told CNS that some youth were protesting against the arrest of some people who have been arrested by police on the charges of stone-pelting. “These ‘miscreants’ pelted stones on shopkeepers and CRPF as a result there was partial shutdown in the town,” he said adding that every person indulging in violence is subject to legal action.

Meanwhile, in North Kashmir’s Hajin town, agitated youth clashed with the Government Forces following the detention of a Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, Abdul Hamid Parray activist. Reports said that police picked up the Tehreek-i-Hurriyat activist during a nocturnal raid.

Clashes between youth and Government Forces also broke out in main town Bandipora Thursday morning even as a complete shutdown was observed. (

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