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Large number of police and CRPF men had sealed the residence of Syed Ali Geelani from all sides and no one was allowed to enter it. (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)
Large number of police and CRPF men had sealed the residence of Syed Ali Geelani from all sides and no one was allowed to enter it on Sep 09, 2016. (KL Images: Bilal Bahadur)

Authorities imposed curfew and curfew-like restrictions in across Kashmir to prevent pro-freedom protests as normal life remains crippled for the 63rd consecutive day on Friday.

Early in the day, J&K Government banned Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani from addressing a press conference at his residence-cum-office at Hyderpora. Dozens of cops and CRPF personnel had reached Rehmat Abad at Hyderpora and sealed all the routes leading to the residence of Geelani.

Police had spread concertina wires in main Hyderpora Chowk at By-Pass and were checking vehicles to look for Journalists. However, scribes and photo-journalists used alternate routes to reach Geelani’s residence but were disallowed to enter the residence. The media men were pushed out from main Airport road. However, while media men were yet to reach their offices in Press enclave, Geelani had e-mailed text of his presser which claimed that Government has prepared a “kill list” of pro-freedom leaders, activists, business men, government employees and Journalists “who are succumbing to the machinations of state”.

A view of pro-freedom rally in Rebban in Rafiabad on Sep 09,  2016. (KL Images: Muhammad Abu Bakr)
A view of pro-freedom rally in Rebban in Rafiabad on Sep 09, 2016. (KL Images: Muhammad Abu Bakr)

Normal life continued to remain affected in the Kashmir Valley as educational institutions, main markets, public transport as well as other businesses remained closed. At least 180 civilians were injured across Kashmir today during protests and clashes.

Train services between Kashmir’s Baramulla town in the valley and Banihal town of the Jammu region also remained suspended since July 9 as protests began a day after top militant, Burhan Wani, was killed by forces.

Seventy-seven civilians have been killed while over 12,000 persons have been injured by forces since July 09, 2016.

The unified resistance leadership had asked people to hold district level Azadi marches while following the call, people staged pro-freedom marches and protests in length and breadth of Valley.

A pro-freedom march was organized in Shaheed Gunj area of Srinagar city where protesters amid freedom slogans set the effigy of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on fire.

The protesters alleged that Mehbooba Mufti has given free hand to forces including CRPF and police men to harass common people.

Clashes erupted in Hazratbal area of Srinagar on Friday after forces tried to foil pro-freedom protests.

Forces used lathicharge and teargas shelling to disperse protesters who were shouting slogans in favour of Kashmir’s freedom.

A pro-freedom rally at Waghama Bijbehara on Sep 09, 2016. (KL Images: Shah Hilal)
A pro-freedom rally at Waghama Bijbehara on Sep 09, 2016. (KL Images: Shah Hilal)

Authorities disallowed Friday prayers for the ninth consecutive week at the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar. Curfew-like restrictions were placed in the area on the movement of people to prevent them from participating in pro-freedom protests.

Clashes erupted in Hyderpora by-pass late in the evening when vehicles carrying forces personnel came under attack of stones. The forces resorted to tear gas shelling. Similar reports reached from Soura 90-feet. SKIMS Soura sources said that at least two injured were brought there from Soura 90-feet area.

Protest rallies were taken out at several places in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, even as the authorities disallowed Friday prayers at Beehama Jamia Masjid for the seventh consecutive week.

The rallies were taken out after Friday prayers in Beehama, Safapora, Manigam, Batwina, Kangan and Preng areas of the district.

Over 100 civilians were injured after forces attacked a pro-freedom rally in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday.

Reports and witnesses said that forces vandalized the venue and set on fire several tents erected to host the rally called by Itihaad-e-Millat – an organization representing people of various religious schools of thought –in Heewan Narnav village, located seven kilometers from Baramulla.

“The rally was about to begin. Hundreds of people had assembled at the place and thousands more were expected when forces turned up at around 11:30 am and vandalized the venue,” said a local.

He said forces fired pellets and teargas shells to foil the rally.

Sources at District Hospital Baramulla said that two persons with pellet injuries in eyes were brought to the hospital.

The rest of the injured were treated at PHC Heevan and other health centres for treatment. Sources in PHC Heevan said that at least 100 civilians were treated at the health facility.

Forces resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse a protest demonstration in Bandipora town after Friday prayers.

Locals said that people took out a peaceful rally after prayers against the civilian killings and nocturnal raids in north Kashmir town, however, the men in uniform used force against them.

Curfew was re-imposed in Kashmir parts on Sep 09, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Curfew was re-imposed in Kashmir parts on Sep 09, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

“People were peacefully raising slogans and they were about to disperse however police and other forces fired tear gas canisters on them,” said a local.

Clashes also erupted in Hajin town and several people were injured of whom two were referred to Srinagar.

Couple of people suffered pellet injuries in Sopore town where people in large numbers held a pro-freedom protest after Friday prayers.

Witnesses said that a big procession was carried out from Jamia Masjid Sopore.

As the procession was on way towards main town, forces stopped it, ensuing clashes.

Many protesters were injured during the clashes while hospital sources said that they received three people with pellet injuries.

Muslims pray at the Shah-e-Hamdan shrine in curfewwed Srinagar to commemorate the death anniversary of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) on Friday, September. 9, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Muslims pray at the Shah-e-Hamdan shrine in curfewed Srinagar to commemorate the death anniversary of Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA) on Friday, September. 9, 2016. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Peaceful protest rally was held in Chanderhama village of Pattan town in which hundreds of protesters from Wussan, Goshbugh, Palhallan, Andergaam and other areas offered.

People offered Friday prayers at SNW ground Chanderhama Pattan.

Police used tear-smoke shells at Palhallan, Cheksari and Nihalpora Pattan when protesters tried to march towards highway.

Witnesses said that at least five protesters were injured while two of them were shifted to sub-district Hospital for treatment.

Clashes between the forces and protesters erupted in Dooru area of Islamabad district after Friday congregational prayers.

As the prayers ended and people started raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, forces swung into action and resorted to tear gas shelling that resulted in the injuries of many people.

The agitated people according to reports resorted to massive stone-pelting.

The residents of Bathnoor and Armulla villages of Pulwama district in south Kashmir on Friday alleged that forces carried out vandalism during an overnight raid.

They alleged that forces entered into the villages last night and damaged properties worth Crores of rupees.

“They ransacked houses, damaged vehicles and looted belongings of the people,” alleged a resident.

Protest and clashes broke out at Dadsara Tral while a march was also taken out from Khanqah-i-Faiz Panah to bus stand.

Hundreds of people that participated in the march waved green flags and chanted pro-freedom slogans.

At least four persons were injured after forces fired pellets at protesters in Shopian town in south Kashmir.

Hospital sources said that four persons have been hit by pellets.

One of the injured, identified as Ajaz Ahmed was referred to Srinagar for advanced treatment, they said.

Reports said that youths defied curfew and stage protests in Shopian town. They said that forces deployed in the area tried to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes.

Reports from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district said that protest marches were taken out in almost every area after Friday prayers.

More than 10 persons were injured during clashes between protesters and forces in Khudwani Qaimoh area of the district while a police man was injured after he was hit by a stone at hospital road.

Police used pellets and shells to keep protesters at bay.

At Bonigam two youth were arrested by police sparking protests.

Stone-pelting incident occurred at Dooru while massive pro-freedom processions were taken out at Larkipora and Kabamarg of Islamabad district.

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