Srinagar, Aug 2, : Authorities continued curfew and restrictions in some parts of Kashmir Valley on Tuesday as Kashmir remained shut for the 25th consecutive day.
A huge procession was taken out by people from adjoining areas of Pattan area in which according to eyewitnesses over 30,000 people participated. The procession assembled at Singhpora Pattan and later on moved towards Srinagar-Baramulla road. Amid pro-freedom slogans protesters demanded immediate ban on the use of pellet guns. While condemning the recent civilian killings the protesters blocked the highway for hours. “The protest was jointly organized by both Shia and Sunni communities,” said a local told
Pro-freedom processions were also taken out in Naninara Sumbal, Tengpora and other parts of Sonawari town in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Protests and clashes were reported from many parts of Valley. Reports said that the residents of Batamaloo Srinagar staged a massive protest against the nocturnal raids. Scores of youth hit to roads and amid pro-freedom slogans pelted stones on the police deployment. During morning hours around hundred women assembled in Panth Chowk area and held a protest against the recent killings in Kashmir. The protesters were carrying banners, flags and placards seeking freedom for Kashmir.
An all-women protest rally was carried out in Hazratbal area Srinagar city. The protest rally began at Kashmir University’s Moulana Rumi Gate that headed towards the revered Hazratbal Shrine. Amid chanting of pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protesters demanded an end to killings in Kashmir.
The Resistance leadership had urged upon women to assemble in their respective localities and stage pro-freedom protests.
Overnight protests were also reported from Kulgam and Shopian districts.
Despite clashes at some places on Monday, some activities of life were noticed in parts of Srinagar city as private vehicles and pedestrian movement was seen almost after three weeks. But on Tuesday curfew like situation was reported from city areas like Batamaloo. Train services, educational institutions, banks, post offices and government offices except essential services like health, water supply, electricity, food supplies, police and fire services are still shut.
Reports from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district said that thousands of people assembled at Tungdana area to protest against the latest civilian killings at the hands of government forces. Locals sources said that led by elders, the protesters started a March in the district. They said that march led by elders remained peaceful. Participants chanted pro-freedom slogans and passed through scores of villages before it culminated peacefully.
Eyewitnesses said that at least two armed militants addressed a rally near Koimouh petrol pump asking people to support and making sacrifices for sake of ongoing freedom struggle. The militants according to eyewitnesses urged upon the people to be peaceful.
In Kanilwan Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district massive protest was staged against the alleged atrocities of armed forces. They alleged that armed forces not only misbehaved with women but also thrashed people without any reason. Peaceful protest rallies were also taken out in Srigufwara and other parts of the district.
An ‘Itihaad-e-Milat’ Conference was organized at Jablipora Anantnag that was attended by people in large numbers. The Speakers urged upon the people to follow the Hurriyat program in letter and spirit and play a key role in taking the ongoing struggle to its logical conclusion.
At least 9 people were injured during protests when people tried to march towards Imam Sahib area in Shopian district. Reports said that people from Arkhara, Hillow and Kadgam areas tried to march towards Imam Sahib Village however they were stopped by forces triggering clashes. Witnesses said that at least nine people were wounded most of them suffered pellet injuries.
Eyewitnesses told that clashes broke out between youths and forces in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Tuesday afternoon.
Eyewitnesses said that forces intercepted a protest rally near Madar village which was heading towards Bandipora town from Arin and Sumlar areas of the district. Forces used teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes. The clashes according to witnesses continued for hours.
Peaceful protests mostly organized by women were reported from different places of North, Central and South Kashmir. (CNS)
2015 Kashmir Despatch