Violent street protests broke out in several areas of Kashmir on Wednesday after days of relative calm, leaving several policemen, including two senior officers, and locals injured. One person was seriously injured in Srinagar after a tear gas shell hit his head.
In Anchar locality of Soura in Srinagar, a large number of men and women took to the streets after police and paramilitary forces entered the area, leading to violent protests and stone-pelting. Residents alleged that security forces launched a crackdown in the area in the early hours of Wednesday and beat up people.
“There was massive tear gas shelling and use of force against unarmed people who were protesting against the harassment and high handedness of forces,” said Aijaz Ahmad, a resident of the area.
Medical Superintendent of Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Dr Amin Tabish said two injured persons were brought to the hospital. “A middle-aged person had a severe head injury. He is in the intensive care unit and his condition is not well. Another person is stable and fine,” he said.
Police said that stone-pelting by the residents at Anchar “resulted in grievous injuries to SP Hazratbal and 35 other security personnel”.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, protesters faced tear gas shelling and pellets after police prevented them from taking out a march at Hygam village. A deputy superintendent of police was injured in the protest, said police. Protests also took place in Shopian district.
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