Intense clashes in Shopian

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Intense clashes erupted in the south Kashmir’s Shopian town when people alleged police personnel of barging into residential houses, beating the inmates and ransacking the households.

The trouble started when protesting youth were chased by the police men resulting in violent clashes between the men in uniform and protesting youth.

Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters who pelted stones on them.

Suddenly, the panic gripped when according to locals, police personnel barged into the residential houses in Khanday Mohalla while chasing the protesters.

The locals alleged that police men beat the inmates and ransacked the households while asking for the protesting youth.

The chaos increased when loudspeakers of the mosques were switched on and announcements came from everywhere asking people to come out of their houses to protest against what they called “the highhandedness of police”.

Soon after the announcements amid stone pelting and heavy tear smoke shelling, administration deployed large number of police and CRPF personnel in the Bonebazar area of the town and the people were not allowed to move out of their houses.

The locals calling Kashmir Life over phone said that Bonebazar area was giving a look of some war field because large contingent of police and CRPF personnel were deployed in the area.

Heavy tear gas shelling was on in the area to disperse the protesters when the reports last came in.

Pertinently, Bonebazar is a very volatile area of the town where the students were beaten who took part in the 15th August function some days back and the vehicles carrying other participants were attacked by stones.

When contacted by Kashmir Life, Mumtaz Ahmad, Superintendent of police (SP) Shopian said, “In fact we have registered cases against four people of the area, it is these four miscreants who create trouble only to avoid their arrest.”

SP Mumtaz refuting the allegations leveled by the locals on police said,” we not imposed any restrictions and police men are maintaining cool even they are being attacked by stones.”

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