UN march foiled, clashes leave 10 injured
Srinagar: At least 10 persons were injured during clashes in several parts of Kashmir including in Srinagar, Barramulla and Pulwama following the congregational prayers on Friday.
The government had also imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in areas falling under eight police stations in Srinagar: Rainawari, Maharaj Gunj, Safakadal, Maisuma, Kralkhud, Khanyar, Nowhatta, and Ram Munshi Bagh. All roads leading to the UN office in Sonwar were blocked to prevent the march to UN office called by the resistance leadership on Friday.
Police detained the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Mohammad Yasin Malik at Buchwara, when he along with other supporters attempted to take out the march towards UN office. Police have lodged him in a local police station.
Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have been put under house detention.
Forces had erected barricades and sealed the roads with concertina wires around the Lal Chowk area and UN office to prevent free public movement.
“Besides deployment of heavy contingents of police and paramilitary CRPF, forces had sealed all the entry points of UN office at Ram Munshi Bagh, Dalgate and Malteng areas,” said eyewitnesses.
They said the forces had also set up barricades at Ghanta Ghar and Maisuma area of Lal Chowk.
Meanwhile, soon after the Friday prayers, clashes between government forces and local youths erupted in Rainawari, Buchwara and Soura areas of Srinagar.
At least 6 persons sustained injuries during the clashes in Soura area.
Forces deployed in Soura fired dozens of teargas shells and the youths pelted them with stones. The clashes continued for hours.
A complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir in response to the call for shutdown given by the joint resistance leadership. Shops, restaurants, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained closed across the Valley.
Public transport also remained off the roads during the day.
Protests and minor clashes also erupted in Sopore town of Baramulla district after Friday prayers.
A group of youths took to the streets in protest against human rights violations in the Valley. Government forces fired teargas shells to disperse them when they tried to march towards the main chowk from Markazi Jamia Masjid.
“A couple of protesters received minor injuries during the clashes,” an eyewitness said.
Clashes also erupted in the main market and Zirpora areas of Bijbehara town of Anantnag district. Forces fired bullets in the air to disperse stone-pelting youth in Zirpora.