#Day25: Clashes in Pampore, Trehgam



A pro-freedom rally in Zabli Pora area of South Kashmir's Islamabad on Tuesday. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
A pro-freedom rally in Zabli Pora area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad on Tuesday. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)

Clashes erupted in two towns in Kashmir on Tuesday evening leaving at least two persons injured.

Reports coming from South Kashmir Saffron town, Pampore, said that hundreds of people have gathered in main Kadlabal chowk as police entered a Jamia Masjid in the area and took away the Public Addressing System (PA System) early this evening.

“Following the Hurriyat calendar, there was a women rally in the area early in the day on which police used force to disperse it,” a local eye witness said, “the police action created tensions while pepper gas was released.”

The locals said that youths started playing “Azaadi” songs through Masjid loud speakers. “SOG men entered one such Jamia Masjid and took away PA System triggering severe reaction,” the locals said. “Hundreds of people came out and gathered in Kadlabal Chowk.”

The people started pro-freedom slogans while “the Police Station in the area was gheroed”. “Intense clashes are going on this time as youths have gheroed the PS while Taraanay are being played in Masjids,” they said.

Meanwhile, local reports coming from North Kashmir’s Trehgam in Kupwara said that forces pelted stones in the area damaging window panes. “As forces were leaving the town after day’s curfew, the CRPF men pelted stones on houses destroying the glasses of windows,” a local said, “it triggered reaction and youths started stone pelting.”

The locals said that two youths were arrested and people marched towards Police Station to get them released. “After the duo was brought back from police clutches,” a local said, “people had already gathered in main Trehgam chowk.”

The locals said, “meanwhile, CRPF and SOG men came and started shelling tear gas canisters and pellets.”

“Two persons were injured who were rushed to hospital,” the locals said.

In Srinagar, people from different Masjids came out in Lal Bazaar area post Maghrib prayers. “A rally of around 500 people were marching in Lal Bazaar area when it was intercepted by police in main chowk,” a local said, “forces lobbed tear gas canisters to disperse it off.”

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