Shutdown, clashes in Shopian on CM’s visit

SHABIR AHMAD
Anantnag: In wake of Chief Minister’s visit to this southern district Tuesday, shutdown and clashes erupted in Shopian township.
Reports said that as soon as the word about Omar’s visit to the town spread, groups of youth assembled on roads and pelted stones at police and CRPF men. The stone pelting by youth triggered shutdown in most of the market places of the town including Gole Chowk, Bona Bazaar and Sumo Stand.
The youth also pelted stones on private vehicles damaging several of them. A Kashmir University vehicle came under heavy stone pelting near Bona Bazaar area. The vehicle suffered a heavy damage and the driver, Mohammad Ashraf, was badly injured. He was taken to district hospital Shopian where he received six stitches in his head, reports said.
The youth also stopped the private vehicles near Sumo Stand and checked the I-cards of the travelers. “They were looking if the travelers were not NC workers going to attend NC rally at Ramnagri which was to be addressed by the Chief Minister,” reports said.
A police official confirmed the damage to several vehicles and injuries to a driver in stone pelting incidents but added that the NC rally passed off smoothly.
“There were stone pelting incidents in the town. But the rally organized by the National conference in Ramnagri area went on smoothly. Tight security measures had been put in place to ensure that the rally was conducted smoothly,” the police official said.