Clashes, Shutdown In Kupwara, Several Injured

Clashes, Shutdown In Kupwara, Several Injured

27 February 2014
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Undeclared curfew, restrictions, clashes, shutdown continued for the third consecutive day in Lalpora, Kupwara and several other areas of north Kashmir after the killing of seven militants in Dardpora forests of Lolab valley on Monday. The undeclared curfew will continue in the violence affected areas. Even harsh restrictions will be imposed in several areas of Kashmir valley tomorrow following the strike call given by Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the alleged mysterious killing of these militants. A complete shutdown was observed in Kupwara, Lalpora, Lolab and several other areas of Lolab valley against these killing. All the shops and business establishments remained closed while transport was off the roads. For the third consecutive today people in large numbers particularly youths took to streets at Kupwara, Lalpora and Khurhama areas and starting protesting against the killing. A large deployment of police, CRPF and other security forces resorted to teargas shelling and lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. The agitated youth pelted stones towards the police and other security forces. However, the large deployment of police did not provide them any chance to protest. The youths, however, pelted stones towards the narrow lanes of Kupwara, Lalpora and several other areas towards the police. The police also responded by firing tear gas towards the youths. The police also took an initiative and called the local elders of Lalpora and asked them to tell the youths not to resort stone pelting. However, they failed in their attempt. The entire Lalpora and some other areas of the violence hit Lolab valley were virtually sealed by forces and undeclared curfew was imposed in these areas, but despite these restrictions youths took to streets and pelted stones towards forces. Several youth and force personnel were injured. The undeclared curfew continued for the third consecutive day in Lalpora area of Lolab, where violent protests erupted yesterday between the angry youths and the police and CRPF in which 18 people got injured. The forces were deployed in every nook and corner of the township to prevent people from holding any protest. The forces were also deployed in interior areas and did not provide any chance to people to come out from their homes. In view of the strike call given by Syed Ali Shah Geelani tomorrow against the killing, additional reinforcement has been dispatched to the town to maintain law and order.