Dozens injured as protests, clashes continue in Kashmir amid curfew, lockdown

Srinagar: Dozens of people on Monday were injured as clashes and protests continued across Kashmir on the 59th day of civil uprising amid curfew and lockdown.

Since early morning, several thousand personnel of police and CRPF were deployed across Old City of Srinagar, Maisuma, Lal Chowk and Batamalo areas who enforced curfew-like restrictions. The forces personnel were also deployed in all the sensitive parts of the city to prevent protests.

According to witnesses, police in city’s Palpora Noorbagh area resorted to heavy teargas shelling and pellet firing this morning as protesters had gathered to march towards Eidgah to commemorate 4th day of a teenager, Danish Haroon, who died due to drowning after being chased away by forces. The police along CRPF used teargas against hundreds of protesters and managed to foil the march.

The witnesses said that the youth in retaliation hurled rocks on forces, ensuing clashes at Noorbagh and Waniyar areas. The clashes continued for several hours during which 10 persons sustained injuries. All the injured however are stated be stable.

The clashes also erupted in Muchoo and Bagh-e-Mehtab areas of City outskirts after forces foiled ‘Bagh-e-Mehtab chalo’ call today in the morning. The locals of the area said that police vandalized the rally venue and resorted to heavy pepper and teargas shelling at Muchoo after which clashes broke out in the area. Around six protesters were injured in the clashes. A rally was organized by people at Aarath in Budgam district and protests against forces broke out at Ganderbal district of central Kashmir.

In south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, massive clashes broke out at Zanglipora, Mattan and Kokernag areas. According to reports, seventeen persons were injured at Zanglipora during clashes while house of a local policeman was also set ablaze by angry protesters. Reports said that the clashes raged after forces foiled a rally that was scheduled to take place in the village.

Nearly 20 persons were injured as forces rained pellets on protesters at Pahalpora, Zonglipora and Pirpora villages of Kulgam district. Earlier clashes erupted in the area against the alleged forces excesses. Reports of clashes between youths were also received from Qazigund, Tahab in Pulwama and Gagran in Shopian. Many people received injuries during these clashes.

In north Kashmir’s Baramaulla district, clashes between anti-India protesters and forces raged at Cement Bridge in Main Town, Palhallan, Pattan, Tappar and Warpora Sopore during which many protesters were injured as forces resorted to teargas and pellet firing. Reports of major pro-freedom rally being taken out were received from Batengoo Sopore.

Massive stone-throwing clashes broke out between forces and protesters at Lalpora and Dardpora areas of frontier Kupwara district in which nearly 50 persons were injured. Police however said that only 10 persons were injured. Reports said that forces resorted to heavy pellet firing and teargas shelling at Lalpora and Dardpora. The mobile network in the area was also snapped by authorities, the locals informed.

The stone-throwing clashes also broke out at Papchhan, Aloosa, Hajin, Sumbal and in Main Town of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district between youth protesters and government forces. Several people sustained minor injuries in these clashes. Besides, several peaceful protests were held at many parts of the Valley amid complete shutdown. (GNS)

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