Protests, clashes against Sunday killings

Protests, clashes against Sunday killings

Baroosa residents name street after teenager killed by BSF            
Srinagar: Protests, and clashes between youth and government forces, occurred in several areas across Kashmir soon after Friday prayers.
Scores of youths assembled in North Kashmir’s Hajin town near Jama Masjid and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. As the protesters attempted to carry out a protest march in the locality, they were intercepted by government forces, triggering a clash between the two sides.
The police and paramilitary forces had to resort to tear-gas shelling to disperse the protesters.
Tens of hundreds of police and CRPF troopers had been deployed in Srinagar to prevent protests. The resistance leaders had asked people to march to Budgam, where seven unarmed protesters had been shot dead by government forces on Sunday.
Protests were also reported from Sopore area after the Friday congregational prayers ended following which scores of youth began marching from Markazi Jama Masjid towards the main Chowk, chanting pro-freedom slogans.
The youth were, however, dispersed by government forces who fired tear smoke canisters.
According to eye-witnesses, a local youth was injured in the protests and later shifted to a hospital for treatment.
Reports also came in from Budgam’s Dadwunpora, where locals carried out a protest after prayers and tried to march towards the house of a youth killed by the government forces on April 9.
Baroosa area in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district observed a complete shutdown on the fifth consecutive day today to mourn the killing of local teenager, Umar Farooq, by BSF on by poll day for Srinagar constituency.
Shops, schools and other business establishments remained closed while as traffic remained off the road in Baroosa, Kurhama,Lar, Tulamula,Thooru, Dangerapora and Yangoora areas.
After Friday prayers locals assembled outside Jamia Masjid Baroosa and marched up to Baroosa chowk where they staged a sit-in for an hour.
A Huriyat (G) leader after addressing prayers on the friday sermon in the Jamia Masjid lead the protest march.
Locals at Baroosa announced that the Baroosa chowk should be here after called and named as Omar Chowk.
“We are soon going to install a sign board with the photo and name of Omar Farooq pasted on it and have decided to call Baroosa chowk as Omar chowk,” a group of Baroosa residents said..
Meanwhile, train service between North Kashmir’s Baramulla and Banihal in South Kashmir was resumed after remaining suspended for five days.

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