Nocturnal protests broke out in parts of south Kashmir on Monday night as thousands of angry men and women rallied against civilian killings by security forces during the current unrest in the valley, reports said on Tuesday.
Quoting witnesses and officials reports said the fresh protests in Anantnag town, began in the dead of the night when people in large numbers came out of their houses and marched on the streets.
Police and security forces had earlier moved back to their camps after they successfully foiled a separatist-called march to the Anantnag town square where they had planned to address a gathering during the day.
Some during the nocturnal march set afire a state irrigation building. The protests continued till early Tuesday morning.
Protests were also held in the nearby Achabal town where thousands of people surrounded a police station against the alleged arrest and beating up of four youths, including three teens.
The youngest arrested is said to be 13 years old. Protesters alleged that the youths were arrested for throwing stones
They said police and paramilitary troopers brutally beat up the arrested youth. They were then denied medical assistance and continue to be with police, the protesters alleged.
Cries of “Azadi, Azadi” rang out in Achabal, known for its Mughal Garden and its springs, as the crowd, with women leading the protesters, marched on the streets.
Mosque loudspeakers asking people to come out on the streets fuelled the public anger.
Around 2,000 people in Achabal town alone have received pellet gun injuries. Four people were killed in the town in the protests that followed Wani’s killing. (Agencies)
2015 Kashmir Despatch