Pampore militant buried amid clashes

Pampore militant buried amid clashes
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Mother-in-law of jailed DeM leader Nahida Nasreen hit by stone on head

PAMPORE: A pall of gloom descended on Pampore town after news came on Thursday morning that one of the militants killed in Arizal Budgam was Mohammad Amin Mir, a local from Drangbal area of the town.
Shopkeepers pulled down their shutters in Pampore town and adjoining villages at the news. Soon after, clashes erupted in Pampore town during which government forces fired pellets, teargas shells, and bullets in the air to disperse the protesters. The clashes took place near JK Bank branch in Drangbal.
Several persons were injured during the clashes and were shifted to Sub District Hospital (SDH) Pampore. An elderly woman, the mother-in-law of jailed Dukhtaran-e Millat (DeM) leader Nahida Nasreen, was hit by a stone on her head during the clashes. “It is not known if the stone was thrown by policemen or by locals who indulged in stone-pelting,” said a local, adding that the woman was admitted to SDH Pampore but was later discharged after treatment.
The injured woman was identified as Mugli Begam, wife of Mohammad Ramzan Malik, resident of Drangbal. She is the mother-in-law of Nahida Nasreen, the general secretary of Dukhtaran-e Millat who is in jail along with DeM chief Asiya Andrabi.
Meanwhile, thousands people including men, women and children participated in the funeral prayers of Amin Mir at Eidgah Pampore. The gathered people raised pro-freedom slogans.
Soon after the funeral prayers concluded, youths clashed with government forces near JK Bank branch in Drangbal.
The in-charge Block Medical Officer (BMO) of SDH Pampore told Kashmir Reader that seven injured persons were received in the hospital on Thursday. He said some of them had been hit by pellets but the injuries were not serious. “After first-aid, all the injured persons were discharged from the hospital,” the BMO said.
The clashes at Drangbal were still taking place when last reports came in. Reports said that the Srinagar-Jammu highway was still blocked due to the clashes in Pampore. Witnesses told Kashmir Reader that the clashes have spread to Kadlabal, where government forces and protesters are locked in a ding-dong street battle.