Curfew, Strike, Clashes In Kashmir: 8 Cops Among 25 Injured

Curfew, Strike, Clashes In Kashmir: 8 Cops Among 25 Injured

14 March 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Normal life was paralysed across the Kashmir Valley today because of the indefinite curfew. Clashes also occurred at several places during which cops burst smoke shells. 25 persons including 8 police men were injured. A police vehicle and chowki and an army school was damaged in stone pelting. Both factions of Hurriyat Conference had called for a general strike today in protest against the killing of a civilian Altaf Hussain at Zonimar here yesterday. Normal life was paralysed yesterday also due to a separatist sponsored call in support of the demand for the return of the body of Mohammad Afzal Guru. Today the CRPF was imposing the curfew very strictly. Along with local police they had sealed all the roads, bridges , lanes and by lanes with barbed wire and armoured vehicles. Announcements were made by police regarding imposing of curfew. The people were asked to stay indoors and not to venture out. Reports said unlike the recent past, the people were not allowed to go out for buying milk and bread even during the wee hours of morning. The residents alleged that they were not permitted to get medicines for ailing persons and biscuits for the kids. Lakhs of people remained hostage inside their houses due to curfew. Most media persons were disallowed to visit the old city of Srinagar. Curfew remained imposed in all the major and small towns of Valley including Budgam, Pulwama, Kakapora, Anantnag, Baramulla, Bandipora, and Sopore. Because of the curfew shops, other business establishments, government offices and educational institutions remained closed. Transport was also off the roads. The roads and markets wore a deserted look with only men in uniform out on roads. Reports said people took to streets and held protest demonstrations at Hajan area in Bandipora. Some youth pelted stones on police Chowki. The cops burst smoke shells and resorted to lathi charge. The protestors allegedly damaged a vehicle and also pelted stones on an army run school. Reports of snow pelting and clashes were also received from Langate, Kralgund, Sopar Nagam and some other areas of north Kashmir. Clashed also took place at Baramulla town. Stone pelting also occurred at Langate. At Krayalgund a protest demonstration was held. The protestors staged a dharna at Handwara-Baramulla road. They also resorted to stone pelting and clashes. The people said tear smoke shells were used by cops and they entered into the houses and beat the inmates including women. The houses were also ransacked. Six local youth were also arrested. Clashes and tear gassing also occurred at Sopar Nagahama. Reports of clashes were also reported at Cement Bridge and Khanapora Bridge. Reports of clashes were also received from some areas of old city of Srinagar this evening . Meanwhile a police spokesman in a statement said, “Situation remained largely peaceful throughout the Kashmir valley, though there were isolated incidents of stone pelting at few places.” “Miscreants pelted stones at Kurhama, Badergund in Ganderbal and Safakadal in Srinagar. Police and security forces exercised maximum restraint while dealing with the law and order situations. Eight police personnel were injured during these incidents,” the statement added.