At around 5.30 pm, police came to know that around 100-150 people had blocked a road near the Atwara police outpost seeking release of the four. Police also came to know that several vehicles with people coming back from the PM’s rally were stuck due to the blockade.
Dr Saleem Tak, Medical Superintendent (MS), SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, said, “We received 12 injured from different parts of the Valley today. All of them have been hit by pellets. Seven of them have been hit in their eyes.”
To keep the peace, an entire company of Delhi Police officers from all 14 police stations in northwest district, and more than 70 CRPF officers, have been stationed at various entry and exit points at Block B, police said.
Eyewitnesses and the family claimed the mob pelted stones for over an hour until police arrived. “Police had sent two motorcycles when the PCR call was made. By then the group had dispersed. Later, they came in droves and pelted stones for an hour,” said Sansar Chand (83).
On Monday, Thirumani, who was travelling with his parents to a resort in Gulmarg, was hit on the left of his head by a stone during a protest at Narbal on the outskirts of Srinagar. He was admitted to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries.
Abu Dujana, top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander and a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, was on Tuesday gunned down along with his aide in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Army said. The counter-militancy operation was however met with some resistance as over 100 protesters pelted stones on security officials.