Sopore: A complete shutdown was observed in Zaingeer area of Sopore on Friday in protest against the killings of two local militants in Nathipora village on the outskirts of Sopore on Thursday. Clashes were reported from the old town area after the congregational Friday prayers were held.
Local sources said that scores of youth gathered outside the Jamia Masjid in old town Sopore and started shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Slogans were also raised in favour of recently-killed militants, prominent among them Sabzar Bhat, Ajaz Mir and Basharat.
The protesting youth started throwing stones on government troops deployed in large numbers at the main bazaar in the old town. The troops fired teargas shells at the youth.
Two boys were reportedly arrested during the clashes. Their identity has not yet been ascertained.
According to reports, clashes between government forces and protesting youth took place in Shangargund area of Sopore, in which three youths were injured, one by pellets. The youths were treated at Sopore sub-district hospital and two among them were referred to Srinagar for further treatment.
The injured youths referred to Srinagar have been identified as Owais Ahmad, son of Abdul Hamid, and Arif Ahmad, both residents of Brath. The third youth injured during the clashes has been identified as Basit Ahmad, son of Sanuallah, resident of Yatipora Rafiabad. He was hit by pellets in his forehead. He was treated at Sopore sub-district hospital.
When this correspondent contacted the Sopore Block Medical Officer, Dr Sami, he denied that any injured youth had been treated at the sub-district hospital. But when this correspondent visited the hospital, the staff there confirmed that three injured youth had been treated at the hospital and two of the injured youth were referred to Srinagar.