Handwara Killings: Protests in Valley Parts, Scores Detained

Mohammad Raafi

SRINAGAR

Curfewed area around Jamia Masjid Nowhatta, Srinagar, on April 15, 2016 in. People were disallowed to offer mandatory Friday congregational prayers today in the Masjid. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Curfewed area around Jamia Masjid Nowhatta, Srinagar, on April 15, 2016 in. People were disallowed to offer mandatory Friday congregational prayers today in the Masjid. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Scores of Hurriyat Conference (g) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) activists were Friday detained after they tried to take out protest rallies against the civilian killings in Handwara.

Reports reaching from uptown Hyderpora said that Tehreek-e-Hurriyat took out a protest rally from Jamia Masjid when clashes erupted.

Raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors tried to take out a rally towards Lal Chowk when police intercepted them. “It led to stone-pelting and tear gas shelling,” witnesses told Kashmir Life. He said that clashes are still going on while “two persons received minor injuries”.

Police van stationed outside residence of Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Friday. He is under house detention since he returned from New Delhi.
Police van stationed outside residence of Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Friday. He is under house detention since he returned from New Delhi.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (g) activists tried to take out a rally from Sarai Bala near Iqra Masjid when they were stopped by forces. They raised strong pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

In Lal Chowk, scores of JKLF activists were whisked away by police when they took out a rally from a Masjid in Abi Guzar and tried to make it to city centre. Raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors denounced civilian killings.

Reports reaching from Handwara said that despite curfew people came out on roads in Banday Mohalla and held anti-India protests. Raising pro-freedom slogans, reports said, youth resorted to stone-pelting.

Locals from nearby Trehgam area said that people held protest demonstration against the civilian killings after Friday prayers.

Protests erupted when hundreds of people assembled outside Markazi Jamia Masjid Trehgam and started marching towards Kupwara town. The protestors also raised anti-India slogans. The protestors demanded justice for those killed in forces firing in Handwara and Drugmulla.

Protests against civilian killings in uptown Hyderpora on April 15, 2016
Protests against civilian killings in uptown Hyderpora on April 15, 2016

Reports from district Bandipora said that protests erupted after Friday prayers. “There was a protest march after Friday prayers but there was law and order situation,” a witness said, “however stone pelting is going on in Papchan and Ajar areas.”

Reports reaching from South Kashmir’s Islamabad said that stone pelting incidents were witnessed from Bijbehara and other areas. Youth held strong pro-freedom protests in Ganaie Mohalla Budgam outside Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers.

Four persons were shot dead by forces in North Kashmir’s Handwara after protests erupted against an alleged molestation bid by an army man.

Kashmir valley observed complete shutdown for last two days against the civilian killings while curfew was imposed in Handwara and adjoining areas.

Javaid Mir
Under house detention, Hurriyat leader Javaid Mir held a protest demonstration inside premises of his home on Friday.

Majority of Srinagar parts was under strict restrictions in last two days which continue today as well. People in summer capital observed a spontaneous shutdown.

Separatists had called for protests after Friday prayers today. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s proposed rally was foiled by police by detaining scores of youth and his activists.

While top separatist leadership has either been detained in their respective homes or police stations, Hurriyat Conference (m) leader, Javaid Mir, held a protest demonstration inside premises of his residence. He has been placed under house detention for last few days.

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