Pulwama observes shutdown against ‘molestation’ of girl

Bilal Habib/ MUSHTAQ-UL-ISLAM
Pulwama: At least two people, including an elderly man were injured in clashes in south Kashmir’s Pulwama Township amid a complete shutdown on Tuesday against the alleged misbehavior by a cop of the Special Operations Group (SOG) with a girl.
All shops, business establishments, petrol pumps remained closed across the district. The shutdown also affected the movement of traffic.
However, the traffic remained unaffected on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, where CRPF troopers and policemen were deployed in huge numbers.
At the Murran Chowk, groups of youth assembled in the morning and staged demonstrations against the police. Besides chanting pro-freedom slogans, the protesters also pelted the government forces with rocks.
“The government forces burst teargas canisters after they failed to chase away the protesters with batons. This led to the outbreak of clashes that spread to other areas as well,” witnesses said.
Abdul Gaffar Sheikh, 60, of Tral was among the two people injured during the clashes. Sheikh, who was hit by a stone in the head, was removed to the nearby district hospital Pulwama. However, the doctors there referred him to Srinagar for specialized treatment.
On Monday, violent protests broke out after an SOG cop Babar Ahmad misbehaved with a college girl in the Main Town. The incident triggering fierce clashes leaving at least seven people including four policemen injured. Fearing situation to go out of hands, police filed a case against the accused cop.