Firing In Air, Tear-gassing, Clashes, Strike At Several Places

Firing In Air, Tear-gassing, Clashes, Strike At Several Places

3 March 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Police had to fire in air, burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge at several places in Kashmir to disperse the demonstrators, protesting against the mysterious death of a Kashmiri research scholar, Mudasir Ahmad Malla of Parigam – Pulwama in Hyderabad. A strike was also observed in Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam Hajan and Naidkhai areas against the incident. Hyderabad police claimed that Mudasir hanged himself in his hostel room of the university after a fight with his ex-friend. However, his family ruled out suicide saying Mudasir had told them on phone that he was feeling insecure after taking part in protest against the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru in Hyderabad recently. They alleged that he was murdered and that the cops in Hyderabad might be responsible for the “murder.” Ashiq Hussain, brother of Mudasir, told media persons that the deceased had led the protests against the hanging of Afzal Guru in Hyderabad. “Since then he was telling us on phone that he and others were unsafe there. Recently he was arrested by police. After his arrest there we had no contact with him. He was murdered and there is the possibility of police being responsible for the death of my brother directly or indirectly. We demand the matter be probed thoroughly,” said Ashiq. He said that his brother was a religious minded person. “My brother was living a happy life and there was no reason for him to take such an extreme step,” he added. But Commissioner of Hyderabad police, Anurag Sharma denied the allegation that Mudasir was murdered. “He was a Ph D scholar in the English and foreign language university and was sharing his hostel room with his friend Waseem from Maharshtra. Both were good friends in the beginning but later something went wrong between the two and Waseem complained to the University authorities against his roommate,” the commissioner told a local news agency, KNS. As the news about Mudasir’s death reached his native district Pulwama this morning, thousands of people took to streets and staged protest demonstrations. Soon the normal life came to a stand still in Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian districts. Youth in Pulwama, Kulgam and Malangpora held protests and resorted to stone pelting at forces triggering fierce clashes between the two. Eyewitnesses said that the forces in retaliation resorted to intense teargas shelling to disperse the protesting and stone pelting youth. “The trouble began after the government forces stopped the people of the native village of the student from moving towards Pulwama township by resorting to cane charge and tear gas shelling. Soon the clashes spread to Pulwama town and other adjoining areas including Malangpora, Newa and Kakpora. The clashes continued for several hours in entire township resulting into the injuries to several persons,” eyewitnesses said. Protestors pelted stones on a train at Kakapora. Subsequently, the railway authorities have suspended the rail service in Kashmir indefinitely. The people in Pulwama and Kulgam alleged that the para-military forces after the clashes resorted to indiscriminate beating of the pedestrians and damaged the window panes of dozens of house “They beat everyone who came in their way and broke the windows panes of the houses. Even the students who were on their way or coming back from coaching centers were beaten to pulp,” said . Two of the students who suffered fracture in their bones were identified as Javed Ahmad and Tariq Ahmad Ahangar. Fearing more violence authorities deployed huge contingents of police and CRPF men in all the townships. Police fired several rounds in air burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge to disperse protestors at Naidkhai. The people at Naidkhai and Hajan of Bandipora took to streets and held strong protest demonstrations. They clashed with police and para military forces. Reports of clashes were also received Koil Pulwama, some more areas of Bandipora district and old city of Srinagar. The security arrangements were beefed up in sensitive areas of Srinagar city after the clashes in Pulwama, Bandipora and other areas. With MMM calling for a strike tomorrow, security arrangements will be further tightened tomorrow. However, the authorities ruled out imposing curfew saying the situation would be closely monitored.