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09-13-2010, 09:03 PM
Jammu & Kashmir: No let up in protests


Srinagar, J & K, India, (GK NEWS NETWORK): Post-prayer protests and clashes broke out in downtown Nowhatta on Jumat-ul-vida Friday—the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan—leaving a dozen persons injured.

The trouble erupted after a joint rally of pro-freedom leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik concluded.

Motley groups of youth staged protests and pelted police and CRPF with stones. The forces caned, lobbed tear gas shells, fired pellets using pump action shotguns and sling shots to disperse them.

Witnesses said nearly one dozen youth were injured in the police action, most of them by the slingshots.

A cop was also injured in the clashes while police said it detained four protesters from the scene.

The ding-dong clashes continued till late in the evening. The clashes disrupted life in the area. Traffic was diverted through other routes while shopkeepers downed their shutters.

Earlier, locals alleged that police and CRPF damaged the vehicles of the Nimazees parked in the locality without any provocation.

In Tangmarg, people took out a protest procession at Kunzar after Friday prayers. The protesters assembled in Kunzar chowk and raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The shops were closed and traffic suspended on Srinagar-Gulmarg road for more than an hour. The protesters later dispersed peacefully.

In south Kashmir’s Islamabad town, residents Thursday night demolished a camp of the Special Operation Group of police which was vacated during the day, presumably fearing attacks by the protesters.

Eyewitnesses said that on Thursday afternoon some 40 odd policemen, stationed in the Janglatmandi SOG camp of the town, left the camp.

“In the night at around 10, the locals took advantage of their absence and demolished a part of the camp,” witnesses said. People while raising pro-freedom slogans first raised a bunker to ground and then damaged the windows of the camp.

The camp is housed in a migrant Kashmiri Pandit house and was occupied by the government gunmen (Ikhwanis) in the town in mid nineties along with the other camp located at Kadipora area.

Locals say that the SOG men unleashed terror in the town, especially during the ongoing unrest.

Meanwhile, a peaceful protest demonstration was held at Masjid Bait-ul-Mukarram at Varmul in North Kashmir.

The protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans and later dispersed peacefully.