Day 4 Clashes In Ganderbal, Bandipora; Many Injured

Day 4 Clashes In Ganderbal, Bandipora; Many Injured

3 July 2013
Rising Kashmir
Irfan Raina and Javid Ahmad

Ganderbal: Authorities Wednesday imposed restrictions in Bandipora and Ganderbal districts to foil the protest march called by Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference to the native villages of two youth killed in Army firing on Sunday. Top separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik were placed under house arrest ahead of the proposed march. Irfan Ahmad Ganaie, 18, of Markundal village of Bandipora district and Tariq Leherwal, 24, of Kondbal village of Ganderbal district were shot dead by army men at Markundal. Clashes broke out between protesters and forces at Kurhama on Srinagar-Lar byepass in Ganderbal district in which 18 policemen and several protesters were injured. Reports said some youth tried to take out a protest rally near Kurhama. However, police and CRPF deployed in the area stopped them. The youth pelted stones and forces retaliated with tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters. Minor incidents of stone pelting and protests were reported from Duderhama, Ganderbal. The authorities had deployed huge contingent of police and CRPF at all the entry points leading to Kondbal, Sumbal to foil any protest rally. Superintendent of Police Ganderbal, Shahid Mehraj said barring the protests at Kurhama the situation remained by and large normal in the district. “Some youth tried to take out a protest rally at Kurhama but they were chased away by the security forces deployed in the area,” Shahid Mehraj told Rising Kashmir. Police and CRPF men were deployed in strength in Bandipora town, Hajin, Sumbal and other adjoining areas to restrict entry into Markundal village. Curfew was imposed in Naid Khai area. Barbed wires and barricades were placed at major junctions in Bandipora district. According to reports, youth breached restrictions at some places. They took to roads and pelted stones at police and paramilitary forces. The forces resorted to baton charge and fired tear smoke canisters to disperse the youth. However, there was no report of any injury or untoward incident. Restrictions were imposed to maintain law and curfew was imposed in Naid Khai village, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Muhammad Yousuf Zargar told Rising Kashmir. Though there was no deployment inside Markundal village, siege was laid in its outskirts. “There were no restrictions on people visiting Markundal to offer condolences to Irfan’s family. Hundreds of people offered condolences with the bereaved family,” the DC said. However, Irfan’s family claimed that people had tough time to reach our village to offer condolence on his Chaharum due to restrictions. “Mourners were compelled to walk through orchards and other routes much to their inconvenience,” said Irfan’s cousin, Muntazir. Meanwhile, a condolence meet was organised at Irfan’s residence which was attended by Hurriyat (G) members including Abdul Ahad Parra, M Abdullah Parray, Hakim Showkat, Mehrajuddin Nanda, Molvi Muhammad Shafi, Ameer Hamza, Rayees Ahmad and Abdul Samad Inquilabi. Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani addressed the meet telephonically. Condemning civilian killings at the hands of Army, Geelani urged people not to vote in elections. He blamed mainstream political parties for Sumbal killings.