Police use force to break up anti-PDD demonstration

Srinagar: Police resorted to aerial firing and burst tear-smoke shells to disperse hundreds of protestors in Draigam area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district during a demonstration against erratic power supply.
Hundreds of villagers including women and children from Draigam Budgam took to streets and amid anti-government and anti-PDD slogans staged a massive protest. The protestors also blocked the road leading to the disruption of traffic.
The protestors got violent when police charged them with canes and resorted to stone-pelting.
The clashes between protestors and police continued for hours.
Police used tear smoke shells to disperse the agitated protestors and later resorted to aerial firing that created panic in the area.
“Our area is reeling under continuous darkness and we demand that power be supplied to us from Kanir receiving station. To protest against injustice is our right but police arrested many youth and beat us to pulp,” a local resident said.
A police official said that the protestors had disrupted the traffic and police used resorted to “mild
Lathicharge” to disperse them.