Tear Gassing, Clashes In Ganderbal; Cops Held Hostages, Released

Tear Gassing, Clashes In Ganderbal; Cops Held Hostages, Released

16 July 2013
Kashmir Times
Syed Yasir

Srinagar: Protests and clashes erupted at Ganderbal, after body of Abid Ahmad Ganie was brought his hometown from Rajasthan. Several people including some policemen also got injured during the clashes. Police fired tear gas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protesters after they pelted stones towards the police and CRPF. The protesters also took hostage one ASI and one constable of state police and later released them after beating and injuring them. A ruling party district president was also beaten by angry protesters. Immediately after the body of Abid was brought to Ganderbal, people at Dangerpor and Bursu and its adjoining localities took to the streets and held massive protest demonstrations against his death. The protesters raised slogans in favour of Azadi and in favour of Islam. The protesters pelted stones towards police and CRCF. The forces also fired dozens of tear gas shells and resorted to lathi charge to disperse the protesters. The protesters showed stiff resistance and continually pelted stone towards the police. The additional deployment of security forces was made in the areas to control the situation. Reports said t before the clashes had started, a head constable Mohammad Sarwar was made hostage by the protesters when he entered into a protest demonstration and tried to pacify them not to protest. The angry protesters made him hostage and beat him seriously. Another, police officer, Abdul Kabir an ASI was also beaten by the protesters, when he tried to rescue his colleague. Both the policemen were released by the protesters after beating them seriously. Reports also said a local leader of ruling National Conference Abdul Rahim Mir was also attacked by the protesters when he tried to address them. The protesters were demanding a high level inquiry into the death of Ganie. The protesters were saying that Ganie did not die due to any accident and he was first arrested and later killed in interrogation. People from several localities of the areas including Dangerpor, Bursu and people from other villages reached Larsen, the native village of the Ganie. They were raising slogans against the killing. The clashes between the police and youths continued till late in the evening. The heavy deployment of police and CRPF was deployed in the area to control the situation. The Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali shah Geelani has given post Friday prayers protest call outside mosques against the mysterious deaths of two Kashmiri youths, Parvez Ahmad Teli of Qalambanpora Srinagar and Abid Ahmad Ganaie of Larsun, Ganderbal. The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said the mysterious deaths of two Kashmiri youths in Mumbai and Rajasthan is a serious issue and unless the real causes of the deaths are not made public, the Hurriyat Conference with the support of the public will not remain silent and would protest against these deaths. “It is our responsibility to raise voce against these deaths. We are appealing people to hold post Friday protests, on July 19 against these mysteries deaths. To remain silent against state atrocities is a moral crime. To raise voices against it is as important as the Namaz and Roza are important for us,” Geelani said. The Hurriyat Chairman said that an impression is being created among the people that both the Kashmiri youths died in accidents. “We cannot comment with authority the real cause of their deaths, till facts are not coming out. But the Kashmiris harassed and terrorized in the past outside Jammu and Kashmir has again given us impression that the two kashmiri youths might became victim of the state terrorism,” he said. Geelani said that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has completely restricted their political space and their faction leaders are been arrested and harassed. “ On the one hand, people are been harassed and atrocities are been committed against the common people, the Omar Abdullah government on the other hand has imposed a martial law to silent the voices of the people,” he said. Meanwhile the body of Zubair Ahmad of Dalina Baramulla was today fished from river Jhelum after he was drowned in it on Sundayevening. Most of the shops in Dalina villages remained closed after the body of Zubair Ahmad a driver by profession was fished out from the river Jhelum, after he was drowned in the river Jhelum on Sunday evening after he enter into the river for a bath. The people in the areas yesterday held protest demonstrations against the alleged delay of the rescue teams of the civil and police administration. The police had to fire smoke shells to disperse the protesters after they blocked the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad high way. Life returned to normal in various areas of north and central Kashmir today after three days of continuous shutdown, protests and clashes against the mysterious deaths of two Kashmiri youths in Mumbai and Rajasthan. Shops, schools, business establishments, banks, government and private offices today reopened at Sopore, Baramulla, Bandipora, Nawa Bazar Srinagar, Naidkhai and other areas of north Kashmir.. The state government authorities also lifted restrictions on movement of various separatist leaders including Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Democratic Party Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and others. However, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was continuing to place under house arrest. The authorities placed him under house arrest for the last five months since he returned from New Delhi in February. The deployment of police and CRPF was not completely removed from the Dalina, Nawa Bazar, which witnessed repeated clashes between protesters and police for the last three days. The police and CRPF personnel in large numbers were seen in these areas to foil any attempt of people by holding protest demonstrations. The most of the areas of North and some areas of central Kashmir observed complete strike and frequent clashes erupted between the youths and the police for the last three consecutive days. However, due to the normalcy today in these areas, the traffic on all the routes was plying normally and no untoward incident was reported from any parts of the north Kashmir today. Large number of people today visited the residences of two youths at Nawa Bazar and offers their condolences with the bereaved families. Due to the tough security restrictions and clashes, the most of the people could not visit these villages to offer their condolences. A Hurriyat (M) delegation comprising of Hakim Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Numan Bukhari, Yasmeen Raja and Moulvi Abdul Rashid visit Nawa Bazar and expressed their condolence to the bereaved family of Parvez Ahmad Tali. The Hurriyat delegation also condemned the restrictions and force used by the police and CRPF against the peaceful protesters. The anger and suspension among the people were still persisting over these deaths in the entire north Kashmir and particularly in their native places. The family members of the two youths and common people are still demanding high level inquiry about these deaths and harsh punishment to the accused.