Kulgam shuts against nocturnal raids; Shopian against forces ‘highhandedness’

Srinagar

A complete shutdown is being observed in Kulgam and Shopian towns in southern part of Kashmir on Monday.

Reports reaching here said that scores of people held demonstrations against fresh police raids and arrests in Kulgam.

Complete shutdown in Kulgam. KL File Image: Shah Hilal)

They said that people of Naikpora, Kulgam hit the streets and raised slogans against what they called highhandedness of the men in uniform.

The protesters alleged that police raided many houses in the area during night and arrested six youth from their residences. They also alleged police ransacked houses during nocturnal raids.

The protesters were demanding immediate release of the arrested.

Meanwhile, locals of Shopian told Kashmir Life that the town is observing shutdown for the second consecutive day against the forces highhandedness.

They said that on Saturday army and police were stoned by a group of boys after “Taranas” were being played on Masjid loudspeakers eulogizing slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani.

The forces tried to enter the village, however, they were stoned by the boys who later fled. The forces fired pellets at the womenfolk. Almost a dozen women have suffered pellet injuries, two of whom have been shifted to Srinagar hospitals.

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