ANANTNAG: The ‘Azadi roadshow’ on Tuesday saw thousands of people from Veeri, Krandigam, Thajiwara, Viddy, Srigufwara, Loiseer and other villages of Anantnag district coming out in cars, Tata Sumos, load carriers, and two-wheelers in the morning. The caravan went through several villages, pro-freedom and pro-Burhan slogans being played from loudspeakers fitted to the vehicles. Near KP road at Mattan, large contingents of police and paramilitary forces attacked it with tearsmoke shells to turn them back and prevent them from entering Khiwripora area. Reports said that the government forces arrested several youth and seized some two-wheelers that were part of the roadshow.
Witnesses said that after coming under attack, all the vehicles pulled back and went through villages located in the Pahalgam tehsil of Dachnipora. The vehicles moved through Sakhras, Trail, Badroo, Liver, Sallar, Kullar, Warhama and scores of other villages located along the Bijbehara-Langanbal road.
Meanwhile, people of many villages in south Kashmir complained that government forces were harassing them during night hours. They alleged that troops arrive in the villages at night and start hurling stones at houses. In Kulgam, a peaceful protest rally was taken out after Zuhr prayers against this regular harassment. Witnesses said that hundreds of people assembled and offered prayers on the road. They later assembled in the premises of the masjid and used the public address system to raise pro-freedom slogans.
Reports from Shopian said that police used teargas smoke shells to disperse a protest demonstration by women, who had come out in response to the pro-freedom leaders’ appeal that women should take out protest rallies and pray for Kashmir’s Azadi. Witnesses said that as soon as the women from Bongam, Aram Mohalla and other localities of Shopian assembled at the town, the forces fired tearsmoke shells at them.