Shutdown, Protests In Shopian As Govt Slaps PSA On Youth

Shutdown, Protests In Shopian As Govt Slaps PSA On Youth

2 April 2013
Kashmir Times
Shabir Ahmad

Srinagar: Amid a complete shutdown, violent protests continued for the third running day Tuesday in south Kashmirís Shopian township against the arrest of a youth by police. Zubair Ahmad Turray son of, Bashir Ahmad Tarray was arrested by the police from his shop last week on charges of organising protests and stone pelting in the town. However, complete shutdown and protests continued in the town against his arrest even for the third consecutive day today. Reports and eyewitnesses said that like Sunday and Monday all shops, other business establishments, offices, and educational institutions remained shut in the township today. The movement of transport, reports said, was also badly affected. Eyewitnesses said that the youth also clashed with government forces in several localities of the town. 'Groups of youth appeared on the streets at Gagran, Alyal Pora Bonabazar and hospital road and entered into clashes with forces deployed on the roads,' eyewitnesses said. They said that forces resorted to teargas shelling to quell the protesting and stone throwing youth. Locals alleged that the forces went on rampage in Alyal Pora area and forced their entry into residential houses. 'After barging into houses they beat the inmates and smashed the window panes of houses,' said the locals. Reports said the forces also beat a little boy inside his house in the area. Meanwhile, loud speaker announcements were made this evening in Masjids asking people to continue shutdown until Zubair is released. Though, police claims that Zubair is involved in organising the protests and stone pelting in the town, the family while rejecting the police claim says that their son was being victimised. 'My son was picked up by police from his shop in the market. Since the hanging of Afzal Guru he has been arrested six times for his no fault,' Zubairís father, Bashir Ahmad had told a local daily on Monday. However, despite the continuous shutdown and protests by the people seeking the release of the authorities today booked him under Public Safety Act (PSA) and sent him to Kathua jail. Besides Zubair, district president, Hurriyat (G), Shakir Ahmad Mir, has also been booked under the act and sent to Kathua. Confirming the slapping of PSA on the duo, DIG, South Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said, 'Since both of them were involved in organising the protests and stone pelting they have been booked under the PSA and sent to Kathua.'