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07-15-2010, 05:52 PM
Srinagar, J & K, India, (GK News Netowork): Amid complete shutdown, sit-in protests were staged across the valley on the call of Hurriyat Conference (G) on Wednesday. About 15 persons were wounded in police action in Islamabad town and a youth was critically injured after being hit by a CRPF vehicle during clashes in Sopur town.

Life continued to remain paralyzed in Srinagar city and other districts of the valley as the shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed and public transport was off the roads. However, thin private transport was plying on the roads.

The prohibitory orders imposed under Section 144 CrPC continued to be in place in old city. Large contingent of police and paramilitary CRPF troopers were deployed in areas falling under Nowhatta, Khanyar, Maharajgunj and Safakadal police stations.

People took to streets and staged demonstrations in Nowgam, Hyderpora, and Tengpora and sit-in held at Chota Bazar in old city.

SOUTH KASHMIR

Shutdown was also observed in entire South Kashmir and people held peaceful dharna’s at several places.

Despite restrictions, people staged sit-in at Lal Chowk, Sherpora, Reshipora and Kadipora areas of Islamabad town.

The cops of Special Operation Group Islamabad however used force on the sit-in at Kadipora. At least 15 persons were wounded in police action and some of the injured were identified as Farooq Ahmed Misgar, Reyaz Magray, Muhammad Amin, Mukthar Ahmed, Muhammed Iqbal Bhat and Muhammad Hussain Waza.

Normal life was also disrupted in Shopian, Pulwama, Pampore, Tral, Awantipora and Kakapora towns of South Kashmir.

The people staged sit-in at Bonbazar and Golcha in Shopain and Kulgam and Bijbehara areas. In Pulwama town, youth pelted stones on vehicles, while in Kakapora large contingent of police was deployed to prevent protests.

The troopers also blocked the Samboora road to prevent people from marching towards Kakapora.

NORTH KASHMIR

Complete shutdown was also observed in Varmul, Kupwara and Bandipora districts of north Kashmir.

The residents of Varmul town told Greater Kashmir that police has arrested scores of youth to thwart the protests against the killings of teenagers.

“Several youth have been picked up by police in areas of old town, Sangri Colony, Khoja Bagh and other areas of the town,” they alleged.

In Sopur town, this morning scores of youth took to streets in Muslim Peer, Main Chowk and Chankhan areas and pelted stones on cops and CRPF troopers, but were chased away.

Eyewitnesses told Greater Kashmir that during the clashes a CRPF vehicle crushed Fayaz Ahmed Malik. The doctors at SDH Sopur referred him to Srinagar for treatment.

The incident triggered widespread demonstrations in the town, however police and CRPF troopers fired dozens of teargas canisters to disperse the protests, which were continuing till late night.

Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani had called for staging peaceful sit-in protests on July 14 and 15.

DOCTORS ALLEGE HARASSMENT:

The doctors who participated in peaceful protests in the Government Medical College premises told Greater Kashmir that they were being threatened of ‘dire consequences’ by police. They accused an officer of police station Karanagar of threatening them