KL NEWS NETWORK
One more youth was killed by forces on Friday in Kashmir with anti-India uprising refusing to die. Scores of others were injured as pro-freedom protests were witnessed across Kashmir as government sealed all routes leading to Eidgah against the call of unified resistance leadership call for the pro-freedom march to the popular venue.
The youth who was killed by forces was identified as Shakeel Ahmad Ganaie, a student of Chandpora Rajpora in Pulwam district.
Kashmir valley continued to reel under curfew and restrictions for the 49th consecutive day today. The civilian killings death reached 70 today while over 8500 persons have been injured during mass civil uprising triggered by the killing of popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani on July 08, 2016.
Curfew continued to be in force in five police station areas of downtown city and Batamaloo and Maisuma areas in uptown, a police official said.
In south Kashmir, curfew was imposed in Pulwama district, while it continued in Islamabad, Kulgam districts as well on Friday.
Curfew and restrictions also remained in force in North Kashmir’s restive area’s including Sopore, Pattan, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara.
Resistance leaders had called for Azadi March to Eidgah Srinagar while authorities had sealed the entire Eidgah erecting Nakas and mobile bunkers at different points on the Old City roads.
Reports said that strict curfew remained in forces in Old Srinagar city while authorities once again barred people from offering mandatory Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
The government did not allow mandatory congregational Friday prayers in major Jamia Masjids across Kashmir. The government barred faithful for seventh consecutive Friday from entering historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Old Srinagar thus no congregational Friday prayers was offered there today.
Reports from Srinagar said that amid curfew and rains protest marches were taken out from different areas of the city.
Large number of people took out a protest march in Chinkral Mohalla Habbakadal that culminated peacefully.
Amid pro-freedom slogans the youths denounced the recent civilian killings.
The protesters were stopped by police when they tried to march towards Eidgah.
A pro-freedom procession was also taken out at Chotta Bazar Srinagar while in Dalgate area people also took out a peaceful march.
Resistance leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were arrested and lodged at different police stations when they were marching towards Eidgah.
J&K police also detained Agha Syed Hassan Almosvi Alsafvi and Masroor Abbas Ansari when they marched towards Eidgah from Budgam and Nawakadal Srinagar, respectively.
Clashes between protesters and forces erupted in Bandipora and Kaloosa in north Kashmir after Friday prayers.
Local sources said that a massive rally was held at Bandipora which was tear-gassed by forces resulting in the clashes.
In Kaloosa area, local sources said that personnel of Rashtriya Rifles of Indian army caught hold of two youths and beat them up. Local population took to roads and clashes erupted.
Peaceful rallies were held at Papchan, Saderkote, Ajas and Naidkhai areas of the district.
Several persons were injured in clashes that erupted in Hygam area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
The clashes erupted after forces intercepted a rally of hundreds of people from Hygam and its adjoining villages heading towards the highway.
Clashes also erupted at Warpora Sopore.
Over a dozen protesters were injured after forces resorted to tear-smoke shelling in Pattan town of Baramulla district.
Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people from Ussan, Goshbugh offered Friday prayers in Palhallan and held a pro-freedom rally after the prayers.
Locals alleged that police resorted to unprovoked pellet firing injuring many youth.
Reports added that hundreds of people held a protest march at Tappar Bala and blocked Srinagar-Muzafarabad highway.
Protest march was also carried out in Hanjiwera Pattan.
Reports said that at least three youth were shifted to SMHS Hospital Srinagar after they were hit by pellets in eyes in Palhallan area of Pattan town.
Reports said that clashes between protesters and forces erupted in different parts of Handwara town including Kulangam, Hargam, Hospital road and Talri Bridge. Forces used tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
In Azad Ganj Baramulla youth hoisted green flags amid pro-freedom slogans.
Amid curfew and restrictions, protests and clashes erupted in various parts of South Kashmir.
Army reportedly resorted to aerial firing to disperse the protesters who attacked their camp at Chowdhary Gund area of the district.
Witnesses said that at least five persons were injured during the clashes.
In Pulwama, clashes broke out in Rohmu, Nehama, Newa and other areas. The effigy of Chief Minister Mehbooba was also set on fire in Rohmu area.
Forces resorted to aerial firing to disperse gathering at Noorpora Tral who pelted stones on them when the forces had cordoned off the area to flush out ‘hiding’ militants.
Eyewitnesses said that forces after receiving inputs about the presence of militants in Noorpora cordoned off the area. However, a large number of people including women hit to road and attacked forces with stones, forcing the later to fire some shots in air.
Protesters reportedly took out a procession while eyewitnesses said that forces left the area without conducting the searches in the area.
Stone pelting incidents were also reported from Khudwani and Ziyarat Road Kulgam.
A police official said that some stone-pelting incidents occurred in some parts of Valley.
He said that the situation “remained relatively peaceful” across Kashmir.
(With inputs from CNS.)