SRINAGAR: Seventeen persons were killed and over a hundred injured across Kashmir valley on this day in 2010 when government forces used force on people protesting against the alleged desecration of the holy Qura’n in US.
While six were killed in Budgam district, five fell to the bullets of police and CRPF in Tangmarg town in Baramulla district.
Tangmarg witnessed a sudden flare up violence as protesters set ablaze a private school and government buildings following the report of desecration.
Mohammad Subhan, a local of Tangmarg, recalled that Muslims across the world were protesting on the day against the desecration of holy Quran by a US pastor.
“People also staged a peaceful protest here. Police had already arrested some youths of the town,” Subhan said.
“As the protesters reached police station Tangmarg, some senior citizens demanded the release of youths but government forces, without any reason, fired dozens of tear smoke shells and bullets on the assembly,” he recalled.
He said that five persons were killed on the spot while more than 50 others spent months in different hospitals of Srinagar recovering from bullet wounds.
The resident said as people tried registering a case against the forces in police station Tangmarg, the police was not ready to file an FIR.
He said that people later torched some government buildings including an English medium school.
However the police report said that a large number of people gathered on the day and staged anti-India and pro-Azadi protests and torched government buildings and tried to set police station Tangmarg ablaze.
Police report also claimed that militants fired on the government forces during the protests injuring two police personnel.
Locals of the area denied the police allegations and said that no policeman was injured on the day by any militant firing.