#Day32: Kashmir Continues To Witness Clashes, Protests; Over 50 Injured

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SRINAGAR

Meanwhile, Kashmir observed complete shutdown call on August 09, 2016 while government continued to impose curfew for 32nd consecutive day.
Kashmir observed complete shutdown call on August 09, 2016 while government continued to impose curfew for 32nd consecutive day.

Authorities on Tuesday continued to impose curfew and restrictions in different parts of Kashmir Valley while heavy deployment of government forces was made at restive places to foil separatist protests.

The united resistance leadership had called for women’s protest from Zuhr to Asr and Men’s protest from Asr to Maghrib.

They also had urged upon people to play Islamic and Azadi Taranas in Masjids from Maghrib to Isha.

The women protesters organized peaceful marches in different parts of Kashmir Valley.

Protest marches were organized in Dalgate and Batamaloo area of Srinagar city, Bandipora, Pampore, Islamabad, Kupwara, Khrew, Awantipora, Palhallan and Pattan.

Curfew in Srinagar on August 09, 2016

Most of these protests were organized by Dukhtaran-e-Millat, however, the protest march at Saffron town was led by chairperson Muslim Khawateen Markaz Yasmeen Raja.

Police dispersed a protest from women in Charsoo Awantipora when they tried to block the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

Kashmir Tehreek Khawateen headed by Zamrooda Habib also led a protest rally at Balhama Khrew in Pampore town of Pulwama district.

All but 25 people including three policemen were wounded in violent clashes at Singhpora Pattan in North Kashmir.

An 'all-women' rally was taken out in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar on August 09, 2016 on united resistance leadership call. (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)
An ‘all-women’ rally was taken out in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar on August 09, 2016 on united resistance leadership call. (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)

Reports said that protesters tried to set ablaze a police vehicle, however, forces used pellets to disperse them resulting in the injuries of at least 25 people.

Chowki Officer Mirgund and two SPOs were also wounded during the clashes.

A massive protest was also staged by people at Yedipora Pattan where people alleged that SOG personnel barged into their houses and beat up inmates.

Two people were injured there during the clashes between protesters and forces personnel.

Reports said that in some parts of South Kashmir as well as Central Kashmir including the Civil Lines area of Srinagar city, movement of private vehicles was observed on the roads, however, authorities as a precautionary measure had imposed restrictions in Islamabad, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama towns.

“Heavy deployment of forces had been made in Srinagar city, Budgam, Baramulla, Sopore, Kupwara and Handwara towns to maintain law and order,” reports said.

Women's Rally in Pantha Chowk on August 09, 2016

Reports, however, said that the restriction on the movement of people especially on government employees was not put in place and they were given free access.

Business establishments, markets, public transport, educational institutions and public transport remained suspended for the 32nd consecutive day on Tuesday.

Train services between Baramulla and Jammu’s Banihal town have also remained suspended for since July 9, a day after popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed.

Reports from South Kashmir’s Pulwama district said that thousands of people organized a pro-freedom rally in Lelhar Kakapora area of the district.

Witnesses said that thousands of people assembled at Lelhar playground and organized a massive pro-freedom rally that was addressed by number of pro-freedom personalities.

 Muslim Khawteen Markaz chief Yasmeen Raja led women protest rally in Pampore.
Muslim Khawteen Markaz chief Yasmeen Raja led women protest rally in Pampore.

Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people participated in a pro-freedom rally that was held at Nonmai village of Kulgam district.

Amid pro-freedom slogans the protesters waved green flags.

The mammoth rally was addressed by Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani through telephone.

Geelani in his address appealed people to be peaceful and urged upon them to create ‘Bait-ul-Maals’ in their respective localities.

He alleged the government has let loose a “reign of terror” across Kashmir.

He said that strike is the “only potent tool” available with the people.

“I appeal people to follow the resistance leadership program. I also request youth not to target hospital ambulances, doctors and common people. Those who indulge in such activities can’t be the sympathizers and supporters of this on-going freedom struggle,” Geelani said.

Twenty persons, including women, were injured after forces fired pellets and teargas shells to break up a demonstration in Qazigund area of Islamabad.

Reports said that forces fired teargas shells and pellets on protesters in Vesu area of the district.

Reports from frontier district Kupwara said that the clashes between forces and the protesters continued for the consecutive second day.

The protesters were demanding action against the CRPF allegedly responsible for thrashing of some people in Lalpora Lolab area of the district.

Witnesses said that as the protesters tried to take out a march, the forces personnel lobbed tear-gas shells and resorted to aerial firing.

Witnesses added that all 13 protesters were wounded in forces action.

One of them injured whom police identified as Shabir Ahmed Bhat was shifted to a Srinagar hospital.

Residents of several localities of Kupwara including Malik Mohalla, Jamia Qadeem Mir Mohalla ,Regipora, Darzipora of Kupwara Town, Trehgam, Kralpora, Lalpora, Kalaroos and other areas alleged that forces ransacked residential houses and damaged the windowpanes.

Reports said that people stayed in Jamia Masjid overnight and prevented forces from even making the curfew announcement Tuesday morning.

Thousands of people, including women, children and elders, took part in the protests. Forces used tear-smoke shells to disperse the aggrieved protesters.

In North Kashmir’s Bandipora district lawyers staged a protest demonstration outside Bandipora court complex against the civilian killings and other human rights violations in Kashmir.

Lawyers denounced the use of pellet guns and killing of unarmed innocent Kashmiris.

The president of the Bar Association Bandipora advocate Maqsood Bhat said that use of pellet guns is inhuman as it has left hundreds of youth blinded in the on-going uprising.

Lawyers also said that hundreds of youth who have been arrested on charges of stone pelting should be released immediately.

They also demanded the revocation of controversial AFSPA which gives impunity to the forces in Kashmir.

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