Violent protests rock Kakpora after Lashkar commander’s funeral

Bilal Habib

Pulwama: At least six people have been injured in violent clashes that broke out after the funeral prayers of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Talib Ahmad Shah in Kakpora area of this south Kashmir district.

Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that scores of people, mostly boys clashed with the CRPF troopers and the police at Kakpora, after offering congregational prayers of the slain Lashar commander, which was also attended by thousands of people from Samboora, Hatwara, Newa, Marwel, Lilhar and other adjoining villages.

Chanting pro-freedom, pro-militants and anti-India slogans, the protesters witnesses said pelted heavily the government forces with rocks.

“The forces used pellet guns after they failed to break up the anti-India demonstrators with teargas canisters. The protesters, however, regrouped and continued renewed assaults on the forces,” witnesses said.

According to the witnesses, at least a dozen people have sustained injuries in the pitched battles.

However, the officials confirmed that only six people were brought to the hospital for treatment.

“Six people were brought to the sub-district hospital with pellet injuries. Two of them have been referred to Srinagar for treatment. Rest are being treated upon here,” Block Medical Officer (BMO) Pampore, Dr Bilquees.

The duo, she said have received pellets in eye and legs.

Meanwhile, additional reinforcements have been rushed to the area to contain the spiraling protests, witnesses said.