Shutdown in Pulwama against killings
SRINAGAR: At least three youths sustained minor injuries following clashes that erupted between government forces and people at several places in Kashmir on Sunday.
Eyewitnesses said that scores of youth assembled in Tahab area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and hurled bricks and stones at forces to protest civilian killings in Kashmir. The youths were also raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
They forces, they said, retaliated with heavy tear smoke and PAVA shells to disperse protesting youths. Three youths suffered injuries during the forces action and were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
In Srinagar, hundreds of youths assembled at several old city areas and pelted forces with stones whereas; the later resorted to tear smoke shells to scatter stone-throwing youths. The clashes that erupted in areas like Saraf Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, Gojwara and other adjoining areas, continued for several hours, witnesses said.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown continued in parts of Pulwama district for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday against the killing of a civilian and two Lashkar e Toiba militants during a gunfight with the government forces at Padgampora Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
Scores of people from different villages of south Kashmir thronged the house of class IX student Amir Nazir Wani and two local Laskar militant’s Jahangir Ahmad Ganaie of Koil and Mohammad Shafi Wagay of Banderpora Pulwama. They offered condolence and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families of the slain youngsters the fourth day ritual. All shops, business establishments were closed in Pulwama, eyewitness told Kashmir Reader.