Crackdown Against Youth, Separatists Continues

Crackdown Against Youth, Separatists Continues

20 February 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: On the first day of the fresh three day long general strike called by separatists against the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, normal life was paralysed across the Kashmir Valley today. Over a dozen persons were injured in clashes between protestors and police at several places during which cops burst smoke shells and also resorted to lathi charge. The strike has been also called by the separatists in support of the demand for handing over the body of Guru to his family. The call for the first two days has been given by Hurriyat (G), while for the third day by JKLF. Shops, other business establishments remained closed. Government offices were either closed or registered a thin attendance of employees. Transport was also off the roads. However, some private vehicles were seen plying on some roads. Tight security arrangements were made by the authorities amid a directive of inspector general of police S M Sahai to cops to maintain law and order at all costs. Restrictions on movement of people were imposed in some areas of Baramulla and Sopore, which had witnessed clashes recently. District magistrate Srinagar had imposed section 144 yesterday. Police and para military forces burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge to disperse protestors at Gagran in Shopian. The protestors pelted stones on men in uniform. Reports said the people at Gagran held demonstration and took out a procession. As the protestors reached near a CRPF camp, they were stopped. This led to intense clashes between the two sides. A security man was injured in the incident. The people alleged that cops entered into the officer of PDD and thrashed the employees there. Clashes also occurred between the protestors and police at Bandipora. Similar reports were also received from some areas of old city of Srinagar, where protestors burnt tyres on roads and Maisuma here. Protests and clashes also occurred at Rawalpora. The state government continued with its crack down against youth and separatists. A number of persons were arrested since last evening. Peer Saifullah, personal secretary of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was arrested from Rawalpora. Tehrik-e-Hurriyat leaders Anis Ahmad Mir, Abdul Majid Parrey, and others were arrested at Bandipora. The state government booked Mohammad Rafiq Ganai of Muslim League under public safety act. Other separatist leaders Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Bitta Karatay and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza continue to be lodged in jails and police stations. Meanwhile, a police spokesman in his statement said, “Situation remained peaceful across the valley. No incident of violence or stone pelting was reported from any place.”