20 with eye pellet wounds admitted to SMHS Hospital alone; police, CRPF use massive force to quell Jamia Masjid march
Srinagar: Dozens of people were injured in firing by the government forces who put down with massive force protest marches in various parts of the valley on Friday, the day the resistance camp had called for a march to Jamia Masjid.
Of the 40 injured who were admitted to the SMHS Hospital alone, 20 have suffered pellet injuries in eyes, said Dr Nazir Chaudhary, medical superintendent of the hospital.
Medical superintednent SKIMS, Soura, said four people—two from Sopore and one each from Ganderbal and Budgam— who had suffered teargas shell wounds have been admitted to the hospital.
Dozens of other injured have been treated in district health centres.
As many as 20 people were injured during clashes between forces and protesters in various parts of Srinagar.
Several hundred people demonstrated at Dalgate after Friday congregational prayers and marched towards the UN observers’ office at Sonwar, where the police fired teargas and pellet ammunition at the protesters. In the firing by forces and ensuing clash, about 15 people were injured.
A hotel and the observers’ office suffered minor damage due to stray stones thrown by protesters and the forces, witnesses said.
The barricades and concertina wires were laid on sensitive spots across the valley on Friday to prevent people from marching towards Jamia Masjid.
Police have launched nocturnal raids in several areas of old city like Nawab Bazar, Habba Kadal and Safa Kadal, hunting for the youth they suspect are involved in protests and stone throwing.
More than 20 people were injured in several areas of Pulwama district, including Haal, Bellav, Muran Chowk, Nehama, Preacho, Kakapora, Pakharpora, Panzgam, Dangerpora and Malikpora areas after demonstrators came under attack by the forces that fired several rounds of teargas and pellet gun fires to disperse them.
Locals said an injured youth, who suffered serious pellet injuries in Pulwama, has been referred to Pampore hospital.
As many as 20 people are said to have received injuries in Tahab area of Pulwama after heavy clashes erupted between forces and people after Friday prayers. A local resident said the forces resorted to heavy canister shelling and pellet gun firing to scatter the protesters. He, however, said that none of the injured is critical.
Fierce clashes were also reported from Pahnoo, Turkwangan, Mulu, Chitragam, Pinjoora, Nagbal, Trenz, Mian town Shpoian, Tehlipora, Heff Shirmal and Imam Sahib areas of Shopian district. A man injured in the clashes has been referred to Srinagar for further treatment.
In Burhan’s hometown Tral, people pelted forces with stones and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Reports said that 17 people sustained injuries in Tral town and its nearby village Ladyar during the intense clashes erupted over the civilian killings and heavy restrictions.
Sources said that forces have damaged windowpanes of several residential houses and have also beat-up several people in these areas.
The stone-pelting incidents were also reported from numerous areas of Anantnag and Kulgam districts were at least 27 people have been injured in teargas and pellet gun firing.
Sources said that the injured hailing from areas; Larnoo, Kokernag, Main Kulgam town, Achabal, Chitragam, Ashajipora, Khanabal, main town Anantnag and Laru areas of Anantnag and Kulgam districts, have been shifted to nearby hospitals and are stable now.
The reports of clashes and demonstrations were also reported from Narbal, Kunzar, Beerwah, Karhama and Aaripathan areas of Budgam district in which around a dozen people received injuries, including pellet injuries to two youths on Friday.
In North Kashmir’s Bandipora district, a huge procession was carried out in after Friday Prayers led by Hurriyat (G) faction of Bandipora. The procession including men and women, amid anti India and pro-freedom slogans marched towards Martyr’s Graveyard where they paid tributes to the martyrs.
Sources said that the women sung songs praising the martyrs. The procession then assembled at Eidgah, where Hurriyat leaders addressed the gathering.
Meanwhile clashes were reported from various localities like main Bandipora, Hajin, Papchan, Pazalpora, Madwan,Vijpara, Baharbad, Naidkhai, Asham, Kaloosa and Ajar with youth engaging forces and paramilitary troopers into pitch battles.
At Ajar area of Bandipora, as many as two people were injured after beaten-up by the army.
Sources said that at least 12 persons were injured during clashes in Hajin area of Bandipora district soon after the Friday congregational prayers were over. The forces resorted to heavy teargas and pellet gun firing to disperse the protesters.
“Twelve people have sustained injuries, including two policemen, mostly by pellets during clashes today (on Friday). One person who has received serious injuries in his leg has been referred to SKIMS Medical College Bemina,” Dr. Manzoor Ahmad at the Hajin hospital said.
In Kupwara district of North Kashmir, at least three people sustained injuries after clashes erupted in several areas of district. The injured were identified as Irshad Bhat, a 12th class student, Faisal Nazir Parray, an 8th class student and Irfan Shafi Bhat, an 8th class students. Another injured, Bashir Ahmad, was hit with pellet in the eye.
The police, ahead of Jamia Masjid march detained Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq .
Meanwhile the inhabitants of Chattabal hit on roads on Thursday night to protest against the arrest spree in their area.
The residents said police raided their neighbourhood to arrest youth who are protesting against the civilian killings. But people came out on roads forcing police to flee from the spot, a resident said.
A protest march was taken out from Nawab Bazar to Jamalatta via Kaka Sarai and Darish Kadal in the night. Such post-dawn protest marches were also held in various other areas of the valley.