WHILE THE Jammu and Kashmir government foiled the separatists’ planned march to the historical Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s old city by imposing curfew in several towns on Friday, people took out protests across the Valley to oppose the death of civilians in clashes with security forces in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani.
A protest was held even outside the United Nations Military Observer Group’s office here.
More than 130 people, including 46 security forces personnel, were injured in stone-pelting at around 70 places in the Valley.
Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were arrested outside their homes soon after
they stepped out and started marching towards Jamia Masjid in the afternoon.
At Gushi, on the outskirts of Kupwara town, three teenage boys — identified as Irshad Ahmed Bhat, Faisal Nazir and
Nazir Ahmad — were injured when security forces opened fire to disperse stone-pelting protesters. Two more people
were injured in Lolab as the police tried to disperse protesters.
A march heading towards the UN Military Observer Group’s office was dispersed when the police fired tear-smoke shells.
In south Kashmir’s Anantnag town, which has seen a majority of deaths since the stir began nearly three weeks ago, protests were held at six places. In Shopian town, protesters set fire to a government building; three demonstrators were injured at Imam sahib area of Shopian.
A big protest was also held in Baramulla town soon after the Friday prayers. The police dispersed a march in Sopore town. In Pulwama and Kulgam towns, the police dispersed protesting villagers at Tahab and Khudwani areas; 35 people were injured in the incident.
A protester was also injured at Kakapora in south Kashmir.
Separatists, who had asked people to observe a strike up to Sunday, said a new protest programme will be issued on
Calling the situation under control, a police spokesperson said, “Miscreants attacked several police and security establishments and camps.”