Power Protests Turn Violent In Baramulla

Power Protests Turn Violent In Baramulla

5 January 2012
Rising Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: The protest against the frequent power cuts turned violent in Delina area of Baramulla on Thursday after army men thrashed some of protesters and fired in air, causing injuries to three persons including village head. The incident happened days after a 21 year old student Altaf Ahmad Sood was killed and two others injured when CISF personnel fired on people protesting against regular power cuts in Boniyar area. The residents of metered areas of Delina in Baramulla today came out on roads and staged peaceful protests against the frequent power cuts. “Despite having meters, we are facing frequent power cuts. After coming to know that Minister of State for power Shabir Ahmad Khan was visiting the area to take stock of power situation, we decided to stage peaceful dharna against the power cuts,” the protestors said. Chanting anti-PDD and anti-government slogans, the protestors staged a sit-in dharna and blocked all kinds of vehicular movement on the road. Riyaz Ahmad, village head, who was part of the demonstration, said top police and civil officials visited the spot and assured the protestors that the issue would be addressed. “After their assurances, we lifted the dharna and allowed vehicular movement on the road,” he said. He said an army contingent from Choora camp appeared in the market and thrashed him along with a local Sarpanch Mohammad maqbool and another man without any provocation. “We were talking with local SHO. The army men came and beat me with gun butts. They also kicked and abused us,” Riyaz alleged. He said army’s action caused chaos in the area and during this process army men fired in air, causing panic in the area. “People ran helter skelter to escape the bullets,” he said. Riyaz termed army’s aerial firing as unjustified. “Police intervened on time and prevented situation from taking an ugly turn,” he said. The army firing and action evoked resentment from the locals, who are demanding that police should register an FIR against army and arrest the army men, who fired in air and beat the civilians. Despite repeated attempts, SSP Baramulla Haseeb Mughal could not be contacted.