Anti-India protests break out in Habba Kadal, Palhalan

Srinagar: Government forces are firing shots and using teargas canisters to break up anti-India demonstrations that erupted in parts of downtown here and the restive town of Palhalan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Groups of youth hit the streets in Habba Kadal and the adjoining areas of the downtown here and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations after remaining besieged inside their homes due to two days of government imposed curbs, witnesses told Kashmir Reader. Angry youth pelted rocks on the CRPF and police deployments that were returning to their camps after enforcing curbs.

“After failing to chase youth, the forces fired from their pellet guns towards the protesters. However, the youth regrouped and continued attacks on the forces,” Javed Ahmad, a resident of Habba Kadal told Kashmir Reader.

Clashes also broke out in Palhalan town of Baramulla this evening when youth took to streets and staged pro-freedom protests. CRPF and police, witnesses said fired warning shots after they failed to disperse protesters with batons and pellets. The clashes were on when the last reports came in.