Day 2 of shutdown sees clashes, stone-pelting, and army beating up civilians in Handwara
Srinagar: Residents of Mir Mohalla Kadlabal in Pampore alleged that government forces on Tuesday damaged the window panes of their residential houses by throwing stones and also beat up the local Imam. The injured Imam was taken to Sub District Hospital Pampore, locals told Kashmir Reader. They said that earlier in the day, some youths pelted stones at a CRPF party at Dhohi Mohalla Kadlabal and the CRPF fired tear smoke shells to disperse them.
At least four people were allegedly beaten and injured by government forces in Palpora area of Kralgund Handwara after a few youths blocked the Baramulla-Handwara road. Locals said that the few youths had clashed with government forces after which a large number of army soldiers raided the nearby Palpora village and damaged vehicles, windows and glass panes of several houses. Locals said that at least four pedestrians were beaten and injured by the army and police SOG men. One of the injured, Noor Mohammad, was later shifted to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
A complete shutdown was observed for the second day in Kashmir Valley on the call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Tuesday. The government had ordered closure of all schools and colleges, suspended train services, and imposed restrictions on movement in several areas across Kashmir. Mobile internet services remained suspended for the third day.
Clashes broke out in downtown Srinagar in Sekidaffar, Darish Kadal, Nawa Kadal and some other areas, despite a heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces. The government forces had also sealed with concertina wires all the entry and exits points of areas like Rainawari, Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Maisuma, and Kral Khud.
Stone-pelting incidents were reported from Shopian areas of Pakherpora, Chadoora and Mochwa. Clashes erupted in Dacho village after a local teenage boy who was hit by a bullet near the encounter site in Dagibam village on Sunday succumbed to his injuries at Srinagar’s SMHS Hospital. People in the village came out on the main road and began hurling stones at the local army camp. Soon after, CRPF and police reached the spot and fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the stone-pelting protesters, injuring at least four. The clashes were still going on when reports last came in.
A few youths were reportedly detained during night raids by police in Gobalpora and Chadoora areas of Budgam district.
In Charar-i-Sharief area of Budgam, people blocked the main road amid a complete shutdown. Islamic taranas were played from loudspeakers of mosques throughout the day.
A complete strike was observed across north Kashmir where markets, tuition centers, petrol pumps, and private offices remained closed, while public and private transport stayed off the roads. Sources said that traders in border town Uri observed a complete shutdown after a long time. However, public transport was plying on the roads in this border area of Baramulla district.