Four injured in clashes in south Kashmir

Pulwama: At least four persons were wounded when government forces used tear-smoke shells to foil a pro-freedom protest in Tahab village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Reports said that on the call of Resistance leadership, a pro-freedom rally was scheduled to be held in the village, however in a bid to foil this rally, large contingent of police CRPF personnel had been deployed in the area.

Witnesses and reports said that despite the huge deployment, the pro-freedom rally took place in which thousands of people participated. “After the culmination of rally, as the people started dispersing, some youth pelted stones on the government forces who retaliated with tear-smoke shells,” witnesses said.

The locals alleged that government forces thrashed some youth without any provocation. They added that some youth who participated rally were stopped on way towards the home and beaten to pulp. “A youth Amir Ahmed was given a sound beating. He suffered head injuries,” the locals told news agency CNS.

Confirming that a youth Amir Ahmed of Tahab was admitted in the District Hospital, a medico said that he has received injuries in his head,”

A police official said that a group of youth resorted to stone-pelting when area was peaceful. “We used mild force to disperse them,” he said adding that nobody was injured in police action. (CNS)

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