A mass rally is going on in a village in Kreeri belt of North Kashmir on Sunday and thousands of people have already gathered in the village.

Local eye witnesses reported that several roads leading to Nowpora-Jageer in Kreeri belt have been blocked by people with wires, huge logs and electricity poles.

The move comes in the wake of police and CRPF raids on the local populace last night.

“I am seeing such a situation first time in any North Kashmir village,” an eye witness said.

The local sources said that at least 20 forces vehicles carrying police and CRPF men raided the village after 7 PM yesterday.

“It was a raid to arrest youths,” locals said, “but, people got alerted, and announcements were made through Masjid loud speakers and people were asked to come out on roads.”

They said that after forces reached the village, clashes erupted, and a few civilians were injured but no arrests were made “because of the resistance of people”.

“We set up blockades at all entry points to village,” a local said, “and teams were formed which patrolled the village for whole night.”

As the sun rose this morning, people set up a stage in a Eidgah and a pro-freedom rally commenced.

(Suhail Khan contributed reporting for this copy from Sopore.)


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