12 Hurt In Baramulla Clashes18 February 2011
Srinagar: At least twelve persons including eight policemen were injured in clashes in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday. A youth was hit by a pellet in eye and is undergoing treatment in a Srinagar hospital. Scores of people mainly youth took to roads at main chowk, Baramulla after offering Friday prayers. Chanting pro-freedom, pro-Islamic and anti-India slogans, the protestors tried to take out a procession. However, they were intercepted by a posse of police and CRPF men, who were deployed in strength in the area. The protestors pelted stones on the cops, who retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and resorting to baton charge. The clashes continued for some time. The clashes spread to Cement Bridge, Auqaf Market, Azad Gunj, SRTC bridge and adjoining areas as well. The cops burst numerous teargas canisters and fired from pellet guns to control the protestors, who were pelting stones and bricks towards them. At least four persons including eight cops were injured in the pitched battles that continued till late evening. Two of the youth sustained pellet injuries. One of them identified as Faizan Ahmad Tantray son of Mohammad Ashraf Tantray of Tawheed Gunj received pellet injuries in eye. He was shifted to SMHS hospital, Srinagar for specialized treatment. Another youth had sustained pellet injuries in leg. Respect HR while fighting militants: DGP Asks police to adopt people-friendly approach Rising Kashmir News Srinagar, Feb 18: Director General of Police Kuldip Khoda Friday asked policemen to take care of human rights while fighting militants. A police spokesman said Khoda chaired a high level meeting at Police Control Room, Srinagar in which top officers of civil, police and security agencies participated. “DGP laid stress on maintaining strict vigil and caution to thwart the evil designs of anti-national elements,” he said. The spokesman said Khoda also laid thrust on the co-operation between police and civil authorities at all levels of governance. A number of issues relating to overall security and maintenance of law and order were discussed during the meeting. DGP asked the police officers present in the meeting to adopt public friendly approach while making security and other arrangements so that people don’t face any problem. He also directed the security agencies to take care of Human Rights while fighting militants. The meeting of top security officers comes at a time when the police have been involved in a crackdown against protestors to ensure that there is no repeat of last year's summer unrest. More than 112 civilians were killed in police and paramilitary troopers action during five month long summer unrest last year. During the meeting, DGP asked the officers to promote community policing at police station level so as to built a close rapport with the public. He laid stress on formations of youth clubs in all the districts so as to involve the youth in many productive activities. Special DG CRPF Anirudh Uppal, Home secretary, B. R Sharma, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, IG Kashmir S M Sahai, DIG CKR A G Mir, DIG SKR S A Watali, DIG NKR Muneer Ahmad Khan, DIG CID N D Wani, DC Srinagar Mehraj Kakroo, D C Budgam Mohammad Rafi, SSP, CID Javed Reyaz Bedar, SSP Srinagar Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, SSP Security Rafiq-ul-Hassan, SSP Budgam Utam Chand and SSP PCR Javed Faroqui also attended the meeting.