Police dismantle protesters’ tents in South Kashmir: Valley on edge as 40 more injured

Even as curfew remained in place, there were reports of clashes at several places in Kashmir Valley, leaving many injured.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published: August 7, 2016 1:32 am
kashmir, kashmir protests, kashmir violence, kashmir curfew, kashmir news, south kashmir, kashmir deaths, kashmir injured, india news A security personnel uses a sling during clashes with protesters, in Srinagar on Saturday. (AP Photo)

Forty people were reported injured when police teams fired pellets to control a crowd of protesters in Chee village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday morning when Jammu and Kashmir Police went there to dismantle tents put up to host “freedom” rallies.

The move was part of the police’s efforts to wrest back control over villages of south Kashmir, which have been on the boil for over a month since the security forces shot dead Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on July 8.

The protesters were demonstrating against the dismantling of the tents. Even as curfew remained in place, there were reports of clashes at several places in Kashmir Valley, leaving many injured.

At Chee, as the police took down the tent, tens of men and women came out on the streets. Police fired pellets to disperse the crowd, resulting in injuries to 40 people, including several women. The police said 13 civilians were injured, even as the villagers accused the police of opening fire unprovoked, and alleged that they set the tents on fire.

Later in the day, locals accused police and paramilitary forces of firing pellets inside the District Hospital in Anantnag while youths inside the hospital threw stones on a police bunker. No one was reported injured.

In an incident similar to the one at Chee, the police dismantled a tent put up at Chandagam village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. No injuries were reported in the subsequent protests.

In Ratnipora village of south Kashmir, thousands took to the streets raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The protesters marched on the streets of several villages of Pulwama.

Four people were reported injured when forces opened fire to control a mob at Pattan in north Kashmir. Defying curfew, thousands of people took to the streets at Wagoora village to attend the funeral of a 20-year-old youth killed in firing in Sopore on Friday evening.

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In Srinagar, Independent legislator Engineer Rashid led a procession to the UN office in the city and submitted a memorandum there. The Hurriyat said senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressed three rallies in south Kashmir over the phone.

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  1. M
    Aug 7, 2016 at 2:32 am
    Well it's high time to maintain law and order and till the time the leaders are not arrested, these rascals will continue to maintain issue...
    1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
      Aug 7, 2016 at 3:33 am
      It is ridiculous that the security personnel had to use sling to fight with stonepelters. They are not boys going to forests to use slings to catch some birds. They are security personnel igned to control a violent mob. Government and court should not interfere in such matters. In no place in the w world the security personnel will be asked to use slings to combat unruly and violent mob.lt;br/gt;If any stones are thrown from hospital it should be retaliated properly with gun. And for that matter, it should be done whether the stones come from Mandir or Masjid.lt;br/gt;Also if women come to protect illegal structures like those tents, they too should be shot at. After all women are fighting for equal rights.
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        madan gupta
        Aug 7, 2016 at 3:37 am
        use AK 47 or powerful missiles to kill Kashmiri muslims a center of Terrorist activities. Kick out Mehbooba for declaring her boyfriend Wani as MARTYR.
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          Ashok Mazumdar
          Aug 7, 2016 at 1:49 am
          This is called Gulail. A new weapon ?
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            Satinderjit Singh
            Aug 7, 2016 at 4:51 am
            Kashmir is not a law and order Problem.....lt;br/gt;Its a political problem.....lt;br/gt;Deal it politically.....
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