Six injured by pellets fired at Lal Chowk Anantnag
Srinagar: Protests and clashes occurred on Friday in several areas of Kashmir against the killing of militants. Street clashes between stone-throwing youth and government forces occurred in Srinagar, Barramulla, Anantnag, Bandipora and in parts of other districts. Police detained a boy during the clashes at Nowhatta and Saraf Kadal areas of downtown Srinagar.
Soon after the Friday congregational prayers, a group of youth assembled outside the Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta and began marching towards police station Nowhatta, shouting pro-freedom and pro-militant slogans. The youth threw stones at the police and paramilitary troops deployed in the area. Eyewitnesses said that the police fired dozens of teargas shells to disperse the stone-throwing youth. The youth, however, re-assembled nearby and again attacked the government troops with stones. Some of the protesting youths were seen waving Pakistani flags.
“A few youths were also seen holding posters of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa with a text that read, ‘Downtown stands with you Musa’,” a witness said.
Clashes between youth and government forces also broke out at nearby Saraf Kadal area of old city after the Friday prayers. A group of youths took to the streets at Saraf Kadal Chowk and started throwing stones at the police and CRPF. The troops retaliated by firing teargas shells. The clashes continued for hours, during which traffic movement was disrupted in downtown areas.
In Hajin town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, hundreds of youth assembled near the Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. The youth took out a protest march from Jamia Masjid and hurled stones at troops near the Army Goodwill School at Hajin. The troops fired dozens of tear smoke shells, triggering street clashes in the area.
At least 6 people were injured by pellets fired by government forces in main town Anantnag when clashes erupted in the town after Friday prayers. According to reports, a heavy deployment of government forces wearing riot gear and carrying automated weapons was made in and around the city centre Lal Chowk. Local residents said that after the Friday prayers, some youth assembled and threw stones at the deployed troops. The troops retaliated with teargas shells and also fired pellets at the stone-throwing youth. Six youths injured by pellets were treated at Anantnag district hospital.
“We received 6 people with pellet injuries and all of them are stable,” Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Majid Mirab, told Kashmir Reader.
Shopian and Kulgam districts remained peaceful with no incidents of stone-throwing reported from anywhere in the districts. In neighbouring Pulwama, minor clashes were reported from Murran Chowk area of the town. There were no reports of injuries during these clashes.
Tral continued to remain shut for the seventh consecutive day in protest against Hizb commander Sabzar Bhat’s killing. In Tral town, youth attacked a local CRPF camp with stones, after which street clashes occurred for a while. Nobody has been reported to be injured.