Srinagar/Baramulla: A complete shutdown was observed in the Valley on Saturday against the killing of five civilians in Kupwara district during the past five days.
The government had imposed curfew in Kupwara, Baramulla and parts of other districts in the Valley besides snapping mobile Internet from last night. The e-curfew was imposed to prevent dissemination of information about protests.
The wave of anti-India protests prompted the Indian government to rush additional 36 companies of paramilitary forces to the Valley.
An official spokesperson of India’s Home Ministry said the decision to send more forces was taken at a high-level meeting here, where situation in Jammu and Kashmir was discussed extensively.
In old Srinagar, Maisuma and most parts of north Kashmir, government forces sealed roads with razor wire and iron barricades. All the business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads.
Protesters clashed with government forces in Chanapora, Natipora, Baghi Mehtab Nawab Bazar, Rajouri Kadal and some other areas of Srinagar. Protests continued till late evening in Natipora and Nawab Bazar. The police and CRPF troopers smashed window panes of dozens of houses in Natipora.
In Kupwara, youths demonstrated at the main Chowk and bus yard to protest against the visit of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. The police fired teargas canisters to disperse the protestors.
Protests also broke out in Pattan, Tangmarg, Chandilora and many other areas of Baramulla district. During the clashes at Trehgram in Kupwara, two youth Yawar Rashid and Gowhar Majid were injured. They were taken to SMHS Hospital for treatment. Medical Superintendent SMHS Hospital Dr Nazir Choudhary declared their condition as stable.
In Bandipora, clashes broke out between youth and government forces against nocturnal raids by police at Sumbal during which many youth were detained. At Naid Khai, protestors torched a deserted police post while clashes were also witnessed in Kharpora and Papchan areas of Sopore.
Protesters also clashed with government forces in Main Chowk, Anantnag in the morning.
At Ganderbal, protests broke out after forces prevented people from holding a protest rally against the killings. In Baroosa, police fired teargas canisters to chase away protesters.
With inputs from Mushtaq Ahmad, Owais Farooqi and Shabir Ahmad from Baramulla, Bandipora and Anantnag.