Day 85: Protests thwarted, 51 arrested

Day 85: Protests thwarted, 51 arrested

JKLF leader detained, his fruit truck ‘detained’; protest in Pattan against detention of Imam
SRINAGAR: Police and paramilitary soldiers thwarted the Joint Resistance leadership’s call for occupying routes leading to other districts from Srinagar on Saturday, the 85th day of the uprising that erupted after the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
However, despite restrictions, protests were held in several parts of the valley during which several people were injured and 51 arrested.
At Hyderpora’s Jamia Masjid, which is close to Hurriyat (G) leader Syed Ali Geelani’s residence, people assembled inside the mosque after offering noon prayers. They were prevented by the police from coming out and holding a demonstration.
In the evening, in many areas of old city, protests were held that soon morphed into stone fighting clashes with the police who thwarted these protests.
At Rainawari, forces fired pellets, injuring many. One of them who had severe injures was referred to JLNM Hospital, Rainawari, where he was undergoing treatment.
In Tahab, Parigam, Rajpora areas of Pulwama, protests were held, which were dispersed by police by firing teargas canisters.
Late Saturday evening at Kulgam’s Hawoora-Michpora, residents said army fired empty rounds in air to disperse protesters who were throwing stones. Locals said that army was laying a cordon around the village in Qaimoh area following inputs about the presence of militants. However, scores of youths took to streets as soon as the news spread in the area and threw stones at the forces. In response army resorted to aerial firing to chase away the protestors.
In north Kashmir protests also took place at many places. At Nehalpora, Pattan, police fired tear-smoke shells to disperse protesters who were protesting against the arrest of an Imam. Many sustained injuries in the incident.
Police also arrested JKLF vice-president for district Kulgam Assadullah Sheikh at Ramban when he was travelling in a truck carrying his fruit crop towards Jammu. He was brought to police station Devsar and immediately booked under PSA and shifted to Kathua jail.
“Truck laden with fruit harvest has also been detained and kept at the same police station endangering the fruit,” JKLF said in a statement.
According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir through J&K Information department, the police said, “the situation across the valley remained by and large peaceful today. There was no curfew in any part of the valley.”
According to the statement, “during the day no untoward incident was reported from any part of the valley.”
“There was greater movement of people and vehicular traffic observed in Srinagar city as also in other parts of the valley,” it said.
The statement said, “To curb the activities of trouble mongers police arrested 51 such individuals involved in various offences of creating disturbances in different part of the valley.”
In the evening, people resumed routine business activities after 5 pm on the call of the Joint Resistance programme.

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