#Day86: Tensions In Mazhama, Narbal, Bandipore; Two More Jamat Rukn Slapped PSA

Newly elected Amir-I-Jama'at J&K, Gh Muhammad Bhat (fifth from right) addressing press in Srinagar on Thursday. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Jama’at leaders at a function, file pic


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Tensions are still escalating as government is chasing the people allegedly behind the unrest in various localities across Kashmir. In certain areas where there have not been arrests, people are locally moving from one village to another, thus leading to confrontations with the government forces.

While parts of Kulgam are already witnessing re-imposition of curfew like restrictions, police have already restricted movement in Kawoosa – Narbal belt after a young pellet-injured resident Muzaffar Ahmad succumbed to his injuries. After his death, there was a Kawoosa-March call for which the government imposed curfew like restrictions.

Reports said that the police have snapped all the routes leading to the village by raising barricades and drop-gates. Even the road to Gulmarg has also been sealed. But the people are gradually getting into the highway village taking different other alternative routes and foot-tracks.

The massive deployments of police and paramilitary men, however, did not prevent tensions in neighbouring Mazahama where locals were on roads to protest ransacking allegedly by the government forces. They clashed with police in Sofi Mohalla leading to the cops firing tear-smoke on them. Similar clashes, albeit at a small scale were reported from the area late last night when the alleged ransacking took place. A similar protest was reported from Kanihama as well.

A report from Bandipore said that a modest protest demonstration in Putshai village in Bandipore has clashed with the police as the letter wants to stop it. Under the “calendar” that separatists have announced, people were asked to mobilize local marches. Reports said that government forces have barged into the village and used force to chase them away. Immediately, there was no report about the numb of arrests, and injured, if any. The procession that was charged in the village had women participants too, reports added.

In Kaloosa village of Bandipore, a public meeting start in a local mosque. It coincided with the police action, reports said. No details were immediately known about the outcome other than the fact that tensions erupted in the major village.

A report said that police have slapped PSA on Jama’at-e-Islami activist Abdul Rashid Bhat who was arrested from his Bumai residence in Sopore, last week. He has been driven to Kot Balwal, the special central jail that has remained crowded throughout barring the last few years.

Another Rukn, identified as 51 years old Abdul Qayoom Dar, a resident of Ashkuji near Penjoora in Shopian was alsp arrested and slapped PSA. He has been driven to Kathua district jail, reports said.


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