Kupwara: Protests resumed in Kupwara and Handwara towns during the relaxation in curfew on Monday as hundreds of youngsters took to streets to protest against the recent killing of five civilians in the district.
The fresh protests compelled the authorities to curtail relaxation in Handwara town by an hour (it was scheduled from 8am to 11am) and re-impose curfew.
Protesters clashed with police and CRPF after curfew was imposed. They were demanding that the concrete bunker in the middle of the street should be dismantled. They attacked the bunker, which has been abandoned by army, with stones.
Two other bunkers were destroyed by the protesters during the protest that erupted on Tuesday after army/police fired at protesters, killing three, following the alleged molestation of a school girl.
Deputy commissioner Kupwara Rajeev Ranjan told KNS that the concrete bunker in the main chowk has been handed over to social forestry and tourism departments.
The situation worsened in neighbouring Kupwara town in the same manner. As soon as the authorities announced three-hour relaxation in curfew after confining the residents to their homes for five straight days, angry youngsters formed groups in various localities and began protests.
Fearing escalation in protests, the authorities hurriedly re-imposed curfew in the town, a local Gulam Jeelani told Kashmir Reader. He said due to clashes, public transport was disrupted. The police and paramilitaries stopped movement of people from Dragmulla and Langate pockets of the area. The curfew was also re-imposed in Trehgam village of the district after locals staged protest against the Kupwara killings.
The internet service, blocked by the authorities four days ago resumed Sunday night.
Deputy inspector general of police (north Kashmir) Uttam Chand said the overall situation remained peaceful in the district barring “minor clashes” in Handwara town.