Violent protests break out in Baramulla against killings

Baramulla: CRPF and police are using batons and bursting teargas canisters in several towns here to break up pro-freedom demonstrations triggered by the killing of three youth by unknown gunmen in Pattan on Sunday.

Groups of youth hit the streets at Sopore, Palhallan, Baramulla and other parts of the district and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations against the killing of the three men, whose bullet riddled bodies were recovered from an orchard on Monday noon, witnesses said. Chanting slogans, angry protesters threw rocks at the government forces at Palhallan.

“The forces used batons and tossed teargas canisters to disperse the demonstrators. However, they regrouped and continued renewed stone throwing attacks on the forces. The clashes are turning fierce,” witnesses said.

Reports of clashes have also been received from Narbal area, where youth pelted rocks on the government forces.

On Monday, bodies of Mohammad Amir Reshi of Hardshiva, Sopore; Ashiq Hussain Wani, a law graduate, of Lolipora, Pattan and Naveed Ahmad Khan, an engineering student, of Batapora, Sopore were recovered from an orchard at Pattan leading to a spontaneous shutdown. Amir and Ashiq, police had said were militants of Lashkar-e-Islam outfit led by Hizbul Mujahideen rebel and the longest surviving militant in north Kashmir, Qayum Najar.