More than 300 injured; Sopore youth critical; about 20 suffer eye pellet injuries
Srinagar: The day India sent an all-party delegation to defuse the unrest in Kashmir, clashes between youths and government forces left more than 300 civilians injured, one critically.
At least 100 persons were injured after a pro-freedom rally was foiled by forces in Burhan’s hometown Tral where people had been asked to assemble at Eidgah Tral and hold a peaceful rally against the civilian killings.
Witnesses said that forces sealed all routes leading towards Eidgah and deployed heavy contingents to prevent people from holding the scheduled rally. The people however, defying the restrictions tried to march towards Eidgah, but the troops deployed in strength stopped them and attacked them with heavy teargas and pellet firing. The angry youths, in retaliation, hurled rocks at the forces and the pitched battle continued for several hours. Local later assembled inside the Khanqah-e-Faiz Panah and held demonstrations there. The forces didn’t spare the Khanqah too and fired dozens of tear smoke shells and pellets inside it and smashed its windowpanes. Locals alleged that the forces damaged private property and did not let people carry the injured to health centres for many hours.
Sources said that over a dozen injured were treated at sub-district hospital Tral and one of them with pellet injuries in eyes was referred to SMHS.
More than 50 people sustained injuries after troops at Ashmuji village in Kulgam district resorted to heavy teargas and pellet firing to disperse the protesting people.
Witnesses said that a pro-freedom rally was organised in the village that was thwarted by the heavy contingent of forces, against which locals were holding demonstrations. Earlier, hundreds of people offered Zuhr prayers in local Jamia masjid.
The forces fired dozens of teargas shells and pellets at the protesters while the youths, in reply, hurled rocks at the forces. The injured were rushed to nearby health facilities in Kulgam district.
Clashes erupted at Drubgam village in district Pulwama after government forces foiled a pro-freedom rally-cum-seminar organised by the locals.
The troops fired several rounds of tear smoke canisters and pellet fires to scatter the stone throwing persons. Clashes also erupted at Rohmoo and Goosu villages in the district.
In Fatehpora village of Anantnag district, at least a dozen people suffered injuries during clashes with forces after the latter tried to foil a rally announced by the locals in the village.
“At least five injury cases from the village were brought to the hospital. Some of them had pellet injuries while others had suffered injuries due to thrashing. All of them were discharged after the treatment,” said a doctor at district hospital Anantnag.
He said that till 3pm a total of 27 injury cases had been brought to the hospital, mostly with pellet injuries.
In Drubgam village of Pulwama nearly a dozen people suffered injuries mostly due to pellets during clashes with forces who tried to disrupt a rally in the village.
In Vesoo area of Anantnag where a 20-year-old student was killed by forces on Saturday, 20 persons suffered injuries during clashes that erupted after funeral prayers were offered to the slain youth.
About 15 people were injured at Sadoora village after clashes broke out between forces and youth when the former tried to disrupt a rally late in the afternoon. Four of the injured were taken to DH Anantnag and were discharged after treatment.
At least 50 people were injured during fierce clashes that erupted in Beerwah town of central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
Sources said that troops lobbed dozens of teargas shells and pallets at protesters who hurled stones at them. The fierce clashes lasted for several hours and several elderly persons suffocated due to intense teargas shelling.
Clashes broke out in Aaripathan village where a few days ago four persons were massacred and at least 15 persons sustained pellet injuries.
Youths hurled stones at the forces while the forces responded with teargas and pellet firing, leaving more than a dozen people injured.
Clashes also broke out between youths and forces at Narbal and Kawoosa villages that left 15 civilians injured. The forces fired tear smoke canisters and pellets to disperse the protesting people. The injured were treated at nearby health centres.
More than 30 people were injured in day-long clashes between youths and forces at several areas in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Clashes broke out at Nowpora village on Saturday night when dozens of troops ransacked several residential houses and damaged private property.
People took to streets and hurled stones at the forces while the latter resorted to pellet and tear smoke shelling to scatter the people. A Class 12 student identified as Shafat Ahmad Lone sustained serious wounds in his eye and was later shifted to Srinagar for treatment.
Five people sustained injuries after a protest rally was attacked by government forces near bus stand Palhalan.
Sources said that several pro-freedom rallies were organised at Rafiabad, Sangrama, Patten, Tangmarg, Sopore, Malpora and other areas of Baramulla district where thousands of people participated. A massive pro-freedom rally was organised at Kreeri village in Baramulla.
Witnesses said that a youth received critical injuries during clashes and was rushed to Sopore district hospital from where he was referred to Srinagar due to severity of his injuries. The youth was identified as Asif Majeed Nagoo, 15, a resident of Wadoora.
A huge pro-freedom rally was held at Kunan village of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district that witnessed participation of thousands of people. Sources said that people from Trehgam, Kupwara, Poshpora and other adjacent areas participated in the rally. A local Hurriyat leader addressed the gathering.
Clashes erupted in Papchan area of Bandipora where youth hurled rocks at troops while the latter lobbed teargas shells and fired pellets to scatter the protesters.
In several areas of Srinagar, youths clashed with forces and pelted them with stones while the forces fired tear smoke canisters and pellets to disperse the youths.
Sources said that night raids by government forces have unleashed terror in the locality of Nowpora, forcing residents to sit outside their homes for the whole night. As per locals, government forces on Saturday night raided Nowpora Jageer village to arrest alleged stone-pelters. Soon after this news spread in the locality, people made loudspeaker announcements to assemble at main chowk to resist the action by troops.
According to police, ten incidents of stone pelting were reported from Srinagar, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Awantipora and Sopore on Sunday.
“At these places, mobs assembled on the roads and attempted to disturb the normal traffic and movement of people by pelting stones on vehicles and later on at police & security force deployments,” a statement issued here said.
Police said that there was no curfew in the Valley except some areas of Srinagar falling under the police stations of Khanyar, Safakadal, Nowhatta, Rainawari and MR Gunj.
“In Shopian, a mob attacked and set ablaze mini secretariat Shopian. The fire was brought under control; however, the structure suffered partial damage,” the statement said.
“In Tral a huge mob pelted stones on the police and security forces. Some of the miscreants when chased away entered in a Ziyarat and again started pelting stones from the compound of the Ziyarat. Police is cautiously handling the situation,” the statement said.
—With inputs from Bilal Habib, Mushtaq Ahmad, Kounsar Gul