Batengoo march foiled; civilian, cop injured in clashes

Batengoo march foiled; civilian, cop injured in clashes
  • ‘Undeclared curfew’ in Anantnag, Geelani detained for the whole day

SRINAGAR: A civilian and a police constable were injured in clashes at Habba Kadal after police foiled the ‘Batengoo march’ called by Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani against the murder of Zahid Rasool Bhat – the 24-year-old trucker who succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Delhi after he and his colleagues were set ablaze by a Hindu mob at Udhampur on October 9.
Station Head Officer Shergari police station Mohammad Yaseen Qadri told Kashmir Reader that the civilian was injured when a “teargas shell exploded in his hand” while the constable received injuries after being hit by a stone. “The constable is stable while the injured person is undergoing treatment at the bone and joint hospital in Barazulla,” Qadri said.
Officials at the bone and joint hospital could not be reached for updates on the condition of the injured person.
To thwart the march, the government also clamped ‘undeclared curfew’ in Anantnag, where Batengoo village is located. Authorities on Wednesday had said that restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC — which prevents an assembly of more than four people – would be imposed in south Kashmir. However, locals said that no one was allowed to step out in any town of the district throughout the day.
In nearby Kulgam district, which on Thursday observed a shutdown for the fourth consecutive day against Zahid’s murder, police and paramilitary forces were deployed in huge numbers to prevent any protests.
The government also detained Geelani after he left his party headquarters, along with his workers, to try and go to Batengoo to attend a condolence meeting at Zahid’s house. Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar told Kashmir Reader that Geelani, along with a dozen other party workers, was taken to Humhama police station, where they had been detained throughout the day. “It was only in the evening that the leader was released along with party members. Due to the restrictions, none of our leaders could reach Zahid’s home,” Akbar said.
JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik, Hurriyat leader Javed Ahmad Mir and Muhammad Amin Mugloo have been detained by the police since Wednesday.