Biggest anti-India protest in years put down with crushing force; 12 mourners killed, scores wounded by govt forces
Srinagar: Government forces crushed protests, which erupted over the killing of Hizbul-Mujahidin commander Burhan Wani, with ruthless force, killing 12 people and injuring about 300 others, including the 70 who have suffered bullet and pellet wounds.
Police, paramilitary troopers and army fired on unarmed, protesting mourners at several places in South Kashmir areas including Koimoh, Harwat, Dooru, Bijbehara, Siligam, Arwani, Seer, Mattan, Kokernag and Aishmuqam areas of Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag districts. Defying curfew, the mourners were trying to march towards Burhan’s hometown Tral.
Saqib Manzoor Mir of Khundroo, Achabal; Safeer Bhat of Charigam (he drowned while fleeing the forces); Amir Bashir of Verinag, Dooru; Danish Shah of Achabal; Jehangir Ganai of Hussanpora, Bijbehara; Aijaz Thokar of Siligam, Aishmuqam; Mohammad Ashraf Dar of Halpora, Kokernag; Showkat Ahmad Mir of Hussanpora, Arwani; Haseeb Ganai of Dyalgam, Anantnag; Azad Hussain of Shopian; Khursheed Ahmad of Harwat and Abdul Hameed Mochi of Arwani, Anantnag are the slain protesters.
Local mosques reverberated with pro-freedom and pro-Burhan slogans in Anantnag district, which witnessed the fiercest clashes between forces and people, many of which turned violent after forces retailed with heavy teargas and firing.
Massive protests also erupted in Kaimoh and its adjoining villages in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, where Khursheed Ahmad and Abdul Hameed Mochi were shot dead.
Sopore town also witnessed heavy clashes between people and government forces on Saturday in which dozens were injured. A youth hailing from Sangrampora area of Sopore has been critically injured after he was hit by a teargas shell in the head during the clashes.
Block Medical Officer of Sopore town told Kashmir Reader that ‘his condition is very critical’.
Medical Superintendent at SMHS hospital, Nazir Choudhary told Kashmir Reader that more than 60 people had bullet and pellet wounds. Among them five are serious.
Unconfirmed reports, however, said more than seventy people have suffered bullet wounds alone, most of them from Srinagar.