September 2016 News

Boy's Body Fished Out From Jhelum, Death Toll Rises To 73

2 September 2016
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Body of the minor boy, who had drowned in river Jhelum while being chased by security personnel, was fished out on Friday, taking the death toll of people killed in ongoing unrest in the Valley triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani to 73. Meanwhile, authorities re-imposed curfew in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley and Friday prayers were disallowed in historic Jamia Masjid and many other mosques for the 8th consecutive week. Body of 13-year-old Danish Sultan Haroo, son of Muhammad Sultan of Palpora locality was retrieved from river Jhelum near Krishbal. Danish, a class 7th student of Oxford Public School, had jumped into Jhelum alongwith three other boys at Parimpora bridge when police and paramilitary personnel chased them during protests yesterday. While three other boys swam to safety, Danish got drowned. Thousands of people participated in his funeral procession from Palpora locality to martyrs graveyard Eidgah. At Noorbagh area, police and CRPF men fired tear gas shells to disperse the mourners, who, however, regrouped and continued marching towards the Eidgah. Danish was later laid to rest at martyrs graveyard Eidgah, where thousands of people attended his funeral prayers amidst chanting of pro-freedom, pro-Islamic, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. With Danish's death, the death toll of people killed in ongoing unrest in the Valley triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani has risen to 73. Thousands of people have also been injured in the forces firing in last 55 days. Meanwhile, government today re-imposed curfew in parts of Valley to foil anti-India protests. A police spokesman said curfew was imposed in Srinagar, towns of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Baramulla today. Earlier, on August 29 curfew was lifted from Valley after remaining in force for 52 day. The police and CRPF men enforced tough curfew in downtown Srinagar and other curfew-hit area of the Valley and did not allow people to venture out from their homes. The cops disallowed Friday prayers in historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar and many other mosques in the Valley. It was for the 8th consecutive week that Friday prayers were disallowed in Jamia and many other mosques in the Valley. In Lal Bazaar and Dargah, Hazratbal paramilitary force personnel were deployed in strength to thwart any protests. The SSB personnel were deployed in strength at Sadrabal Hazratbal while roads leading to Dargah were sealed from all sides. The clashes erupted in Parimpora area soon after the body of schoolboy Danish Sultan was fished out from river Jhelum. The police and CRPF men fired dozen of tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors. At least 10 people were injured in the forces action and four of them were shifted to JVC hospital. During the clashes, police arrested a youth. Hundreds of people including women and children took out a rally in Kara Sarai area in downtown Srinagar to demand release of youth detained by police. The police and CRPF men used force to quell the protest. People including women and children also came out on roads in Zampa Kadal and adjoining Chattabal areas and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. They were protesting against detention of over a dozen youth by police during nocturnal raids of police. The clashes between youth and cops took place at Rainawari, Nowgam, Mochua, Natipora, Batamaloo, Maisuma, Shivpora, Pantha Chowk, Barzulla, and many other places in Srinagar. The cops fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the protestors, who pelted stones on them. Many people sustained injuries in the forces action. NORTH KASHMIR Clashes broke out between forces and youth in Nowpora and Gulshan Chowk localities in Bandipora district. The force personnel fired pellets and tear gas shells to disperse the protests. At least 12 people were injured in the clashes and hospitalised. Doctors at Sub District Hospital said one of the injured has sustained a pellet injury in right eye. 'He was referred to Srinagar Hospital for specialized treatment'. Clashes also erupted in Hajin area after protesters attacked the Army Goodwill School in the area. Five persons were injured in the forces action. The clashes also broke out between youth and cops in Ajar locality after the Friday prayers. The youth pelted stones on the force personnel, who responded by bursting teargas shells. Earlier, a pro-freedom rally was taken out by people from Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers. Hundreds of people assembled at Gulshan chowk and took out the rally amidst chanting of pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Peaceful protest rallies were also taken out in Ajar, Chittibandey, Aragam, Ayathmulla, Kaloosa, Ashtengoo, Aloosa, Kehnusa, Papchan, Aloosa, and Naidkhai areas. The residents of Ajas area offered Friday congregation prayers in Eidgah, Ajas and later took out a protest rally. Clashes also broke out in Sumbal area of Bandipora district after protesters pelted stones a police station. The clashes continues in the area for some time. Doctors in a Bandipora hospital said 22 people sustained injuries in forces action today. 'Of the 22, 12 had sustained pellet injuries. Of the 12 injured by pellets, 4 sustained pellet injuries in eyes. Three youth sustained pellet injuries in right eye and another in left eye'. Thousands of people also took out a pro-freedom rally in Nadihal area of Rafiabad in Baramulla district to protest the civilian killings. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors were demanding an end to civilian killings. Locals said during the rally, over 60 political workers and three Sarpanches announced their resignation. Hundreds of people assembled in small ground adjacent to Eidgah in Palhallan area of Pattan and tried to march towards Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway. However, they were stopped by the forces personnel, who fired pellets and tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters. Many people sustained injuries in the clashes. Youth also took to streets in Baramulla town, Pattan, Singhpora, Kunzar, Tangmarg and Bangdara Choor localities after Friday prayers and clashed with the cops, who used force to disperse them. In the forces action, more than dozen people sustained injuries. At least 56 people were injured in clashes between youth and many areas of Kupwara district. In Kralpora area, 13 people were injured in clashes between youth and forces. One person was hit by pellets in an eye. In Langate, 33 people were injured while four people were arrested. In Hatmullah, 10 people were injured in clashes. So far 73 people have been killed while more than 8000 people have been injured in the ongoing violent clashes that erupted in Kashmir after the killing of Commander Burhan Wani on July 08 in Kokernag. SOUTH KASHMIR Many people were injured in clashes between youth and cops in Goriwan area of Bijbehara in South Kashmir's Anantnag district. One of the injured was hit by pellets. Clashes also erupted in several areas of Pulwama during which force personnel fired tear gas shells to disperse the youth, who pelted stones on them. Dozens of people were injured in the clashes. Youth also fought pitched battle with force personnel at many places in Shopian district. Scores of people were injured in the clashes. POLICE SPEAKS A police spokesman said 35 stone pelting incidents were reported from Srinagar, Sopore, Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kulgam and Kupwara. 'At these places, after Fridayprayers miscreants assembled on the roads and pelted stones on police and security deployments,' he said. The spokesman said that last evening some unknown persons set ablaze a Vocational Training Center at Watergam in Sopore, resulting in complete damage to the structure. 'Police has registered a case,' he said.

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