Clashes with troops across Valley leave scores injured, 9 persons hit by pellets admitted to SMHS in Srinagar
Srinagar: Three persons, including a woman, were critically injured in clashes with government forces that broke out at Imam Sahib area of Shopian district on Saturday.
Sources said that at least 15 people sustained injuries when troops opened fire on the protesters who had gathered after Asr prayers. The injuries have been caused by bullets and pellets.
Medical Superintendent of district hospital Shopian, Dr Nazir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that five injured were admitted to the hospital on Saturday.
“The condition of three among the five injured is said to be critical. They have been referred to SMHS hospital for further treatment. The two others have received pellet injuries, one in his eye and the other in his back,” Ahmad said.
He said two of the injured referred to SMHS, among them a lady, had received bullets in their abdomen while the third had been hit in the shoulder by a bullet.
PROTEST PROGRAMME EXTENDED, RELAXATION AFTER 6 EVERYDAY
Aug 1: On roads and walls, people should write ‘We want Freedom’, ‘Freedom for all, Freedom for Jammu Kashmir’, ‘Go India Go Back’, ‘Hum Kya Chahtay Azadi’. People should also motivate employees not to attend their offices except essential services.
Aug 2: Women to assemble in their respective localities after Asr prayers and hold special prayers for the martyrs and for the success of the freedom struggle of Kashmir. Pro-freedom women activists to lead the prayer meetings.
Aug 3: Occupy main roads and a two hour sit in after Zuhar prayers at 2 pm and blackout from 8 to 9 pm. Pro-freedom songs to be played on Masjid loudspeakers.
Aug 4: Qanoot-e-Nazila to be recited in all Masajids in the Isha prayer; torch processions after Magrib prayers.
Aug 5: Leadership will march towards Hazratbal (dargah) to offer Friday prayers and a public rally will be held there to pay homage to martyrs.
Shutdown to continue with daily relaxation after 6 pm
Massive protests erupted in several areas of Shopian as soon as the news of the injured spread. Youths hurled rocks at forces while several rounds of teargas, pellets and aerial fires were shot by the forces to disperse the angry people.
Clashes and protests were reported from Nagbal, Urpora, Dachoo, Dobipora, Kadgam, Barbugh, Arkher, Malibugh, Handew, Mohandpora, Homhona, Hushangpora, Manihal, Woyen, Zainpora, and Chitragam areas of Shopian.
In Srinagar, Medical Superintendent of SMHS hospital Dr Nazir Chaudhary said that 9 patients with pellet injuries were admitted to the hospital on Saturday. He said that 75 patients were admitted to SMHS on Friday, and currently 94 patients are undergoing treatment at the hospital for pellet injuries.
Across the Valley, amid strict curfew and heavy restrictions, complete shutdown was observed following the call given by the united pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir.
Thousands of people, including women and children, carried out a peaceful protest march in Batamaloo area of Srinagar against the atrocities of government forces. The protesters carried flags and posters and raised anti-India, pro-freedom slogans.
Youths at Batmaloo later engaged in pitch battles with government forces after Asr prayers, to which the forces responded by ammunition firing. Protests were also reported from Nowgam and Kani Kadal areas of Srinagar.
Locals of Safa Kadal alleged that the officer in charge of the police post at Noorbagh thrashed several locals and ransacked residential houses in the area on Friday night. Protests were held in the night in the area against the police action.
Sources said that three youths have been picked up by police in Mallabagh area of Srinagar on Saturday, triggering protests in the area. The protesters were demanding immediate release of the arrested youths.
In south Kashmir, fierce protests and clashes were reported in Kanalwan area of Bijbehara where thousands of youths pelted forces with stones and forces retaliated with heavy teargas and pellet gun firing.
Intense clashes were also reported from Tahab, Bonoora, Haal areas of Pulwama district where, amid heavy restrictions, people held protest demonstrations and clashed with forces. The forces retaliated with heavy shelling to disperse the protesters.
In Tral area of Pulwama, hundreds of people marched towards Noopora area of Tral after a call for ‘March towards Noorpora’ was given by Masjid Committee Noorpora, Auqaf Committee Noorpora, and Village Committee Noorpora of Tral town.
Thousands of people assembled near Noorpora where the huge gathering was addressed by some Hurriyat activists. The participants raised slogans in favour of freedom of Kashmir.
Youths painted the national highway with pro-freedom graffiti in Pampore after raising protests during evening against the killings by forces.
Protests and clashes were reported from Kulgam district where a huge rally of people who came from Qoimoh, Frisal, Yaripora, Bugam, Khudwani areas on two-wheelers moved through several areas of the district. Youth at a few places hurled stones at forces and the troops answered with heavy shelling.
Clashes broke out in Dooru area of Anantnag where youths clashed with forces while forces attacked them with teargas and pellets. People also held protests against the previous night’s raids by police in Chawalgam, Shirpora, Mohanpora and Bugam areas of the district.
Reports came of a court chamber being set ablaze at Dooru area during clashes which left five people injured on Saturday.
Sources that government forces have created a “terror” in Sopore area where they have erected a tin sheet wall in the main chowk disconnecting old Sopore with new Sopore.
Locals said that the forces were not allowing anyone to go or come from either side creating immense problems for the people. Locals also protested against the arrest spree by the police and SOG in the town.
—With inputs by Bilal Habib, Mushtaq Ahmad and Asim Shah