SHOPIAN: Clashes rocked Shopian town and areas of Bon Bazar, Meminder, Pinjora, Kannipora and Pahnoo in the district where several youths were reportedly injured by pellets fired by government forces on Wednesday. Four injured persons were brought to the Sub-District Hospital (SDH) Shopian, among them the brother of an active local militant, Zubair Turray. He and another youth had pellet injuries in the eye and both were referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment.
Chief Medical Officer of SDH Shopian, Dr Shafayat, told Kashmir Reader that four persons with pellet injuries were brought to the hospital, among whom two had pellet injuries in their eye and were referred to Srinagar. The persons with pellet injuries in the eye were identified by doctors as Arslan Bashir Turray, lone brother of active militant from main Shopian town, Zubair Ahmad Turray, and Shabir Ahmad. Doctors said that Arsalan had serious eye injuries. Two other persons with pellet injuries on their face and body were identified by doctors as Mushtaq Ahmad and Muhammad Amin.
Locals said that several more persons were injured in clashes that took place at Bon Bazar, but they were treated locally.
Clashes also broke out in Meminder village which is adjacent to the main town. In the afternoon, youths hit the streets despite restrictions imposed by the administration and clashed with government forces. Locals said that two persons were injured by pellets in the clashes and they were treated at local medical shops.
Youths from Pinjora and adjoining villages also defied restrictions and clashed with forces in the mini-secretariat and Sofanaman areas. Eyewitnesses said that several persons were injured when forces fired pellets, stun grenades and tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors.
In Kannipora, people defied the restrictions and clashed with government troops, but there were no reports of any injury.
At Pahnoo, where army soldiers shot dead two local militants and four civilians on Sunday evening, large numbers of youths from Pahnoo and adjoining villages hit the streets and hurled stones on the army camp of 44 RR. There were no reports of any injuries.
At Imam Sahib, where a huge deployment of government forces had been made, locals said that roads were blocked with bullet-proof bunker vehicles kept in the middle of roads. People said that government troops did not allow anyone to proceed beyond the barricades.
The heavy deployment of government forces, including men of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), also foiled the Shopian Chalo march called by the Joint Resistance Leadership for Wednesday. All entry and exit points to Shopian were sealed and people were stopped from entering Shopian.
In the evening fire erupted in panchayat ghar situated at Dangam. The fire engulfed the four-room building with fire tenders that reached the spot trying to douse the fire.