Tough Curfew In South Foils ‘Shopian Chalo’

Tough Curfew In South Foils ‘Shopian Chalo’

10 September 2013
Rising Kashmir
Mohammad Suhail

Srinagar: Authorities imposed tough security restrictions in most parts of south Kashmir on Tuesday to foil “Shopian Chalo” called by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani against recent killings in South Kashmir. Police and CRPF men armed with sophistciated weapons and anti-riot gears were deployed in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts. All the entry and exit points were sealed and no vehicular or pedestrian movement was allowed. Reports said CRPF men went berserk in many parts of Kulgam and Pulwama districts. “The CRPF personnel went on a rampage in most parts of Kulgam town since yesterday. They vandalized public property and thrashed many people, the locals of Kulgam alleged. They alleged that CRPF men did not even spare the patients, who were being ferried to the hospitals. The residents of Pulwama town also accused CRPF men of smashing the window panes of several houses. “They also beat up several inmates”. Despite tough restrictions, clashes broke out in many parts of Shopian town including Baba Mohalla, Malik Mohalla, AliyarPora and Gagren areas. Police and CRPF men fired tear smoke shells and resorted to baton charge to disperse the protestors, who retaliated by hurling stones towards them. The clashes continued for some time. The restrictions were, however, not imposed in the Anantnag town. The town observed complete shutdown to protest recent civilain killings by troops. The Hurriyat (G) had called for Shopian challo to express solidarity with the families of four youth, who were killed in CRPF firing in the South Kashmir district on Saturday. All roads leading to the houses of deceased youth were sealed and nobody was allowed to go there. Police has admitted that three of the four youth killed in CRPF firing at Gagran, Shopian, in south Kashmir have no previous record of militancy. Meanwhile, separatist leaders including Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali shah Geelani, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yaseen Malik, DFP chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan continue to remain under house arrest. All the tops separatist leaders have been placed under house arrest since September 7, when CRPF killed four youth in Shopian district. “The troops resorted to unjustified nocturnal raids and ransacked residential houses of senior leaders. General Secretary Tehreek e Hurriyat Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, spokesman Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saif ullah, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Ganai, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder and scores other political leaders and youth were picked and arrested,” a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said.