Youth Injured In Pulwama Firing

Youth Injured In Pulwama Firing

19 November 2010
Greater Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: Scores of people were injured, one of them critically, in clashes between troops and protesters in northern and southern parts of the valley following pro-freedom protests that erupted after Friday prayers. In South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, clashes left several people injured. One of the youth received a bullet in his leg and was rushed to Srinagar. The residents said peaceful protests were staged in the town after the Friday prayers in the local Jamia Masjid. As the people were dispersing following the protests, the residents alleged that CRPF troopers went berserk and started beating up some shopkeepers. “The CRPF men were asking shopkeepers why they raised pro-freedom slogans,” a resident of Pulwama town said. The CRPF beating triggered widespread violent protests in the town. Batches of youth appeared in the lanes and by-lanes of main chowk Pulwama and started hurling stones on contingents of CRPF and police. In retaliation, the troops cane charged the protesters and fired teargas shells and bullets. Several youth were injured while one of them was reported to be critical. The seriously injured has been identified as Nazir Ahmad Rather, 30, of Washbugh Pulwama who received a bullet in his leg. He was rushed to Bone and Joint Hospital here for specialized treatment. The hospital authorities said Rather has received injury in his right leg. “He is being operated upon,” a doctor said. Similar reports of clashes between police and protesters were reported from Rajpora and Murran areas of Pulwama. The youth pelted stones on police and CRPF who retaliated by cane charging and firing tear gas shells to disperse them. Islamabad town also registered a peaceful protest after prayers. The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activists addressed the Friday gathering at Rehat Ded masjid. Later, the activists led a peaceful protest and proceeded towards lal chowk. In Srinagar, protests erupted in old city. Mild clashes were witnessed between protesters and police and paramilitary CRPF in the old city near Islamia College. Protesters also pelted stones on police and paramilitary CRPF near Tagore Hall and Magarmal Bagh. Three people including two cops and a lady were injured during clashes between police and stone pelting youth in Baramulla. After Friday prayers scores of youth gathered near Khanpora and cement bridge of the town and engaged the police in pitched battles. Police responded by lobbing tear smoke shells and cane charging to disperse the youth. The clashes left two cops and a lady injured. The injured lady has been identified as Asha Begum of Fatehpora Baramulla. She was allegedly hit by a stone near the cement bridge. Meanwhile police on Friday arrested a Hurriyat (G) activist Abdul Rahman Tantrey of Fatehpora Baramulla. He was arrested near Microwave Colony Baramulla this afternoon. The family of Tantrey claimed that he was being targeted by police for the last several months and claimed that their house was set ablaze by Task Force a few weeks back, a claim refuted by police. In Apple Town of Sopore, pro-freedom demos were witnessed at Batpora, Main Bazar and Chota Bazar late afternoon. Later the youth also indulged in stone pelting. They targeted a CRPF bunker with stones. The troops fired tear gas canisters and cane charged protesters to disperse them. Following the clashes, the main bazaar was closed. A Police spokesman said, “In the afternoon some miscreants attempted to disrupt peace at Murran Chowk, Rajpora Chowk in district Pulwama. Similar incidents were reported from Baramulla, where miscreants surfaced at cement bridge and Khanpora areas and resorted to stone pelting on Police. Late in the evening miscreants pelted stones on security forces near Tagore Hall and Magarmal Bagh Srinagar. One constable suffered injury in the incident.”


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