Srinagar, Sept 9:
Authorities re-imposed curfew-like restrictions in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley on Friday to foil anti-India protests while presence of army will be increased in South Kashmir to maintain law and order.
Over 200 people were injured in fresh clashes between youth and security personnel in the Valley today with many of the injured being hit by pellets.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan, said in view of violence and stone pelting incidents of previous Fridays, curfew was imposed in 12 Police Stations of Srinagar, towns of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Awantipora and Baramulla today.
The police and paramilitary personnel had placed barricades and concertina wires on the roads to prevent movement of people and foil anti-India protests.
The cops enforced tough restrictions in curfew-bound areas and did not allow people to venture out.
Due to the curbs, no Friday prayers were offered in historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar.
“The police and CRPF men did not allow us to venture out of our homes and move towards Jamia Masjid to offer Friday congregational prayers,” a resident of Nowhatta told Rising Kashmir on phone.
The Friday prayers were also not allowed in many other mosques in the Valley due to security curbs.
It was for the nine consecutive week that Friday prayers were disallowed in Jamia and many other mosques in the Valley.
The curfew imposed by authorities and shutdown called by separatists crippled life for 63rd consecutive day in Valley.
At least 77 people have been killed and thousands injured in the ongoing unrest in Valley triggered by killing of 21-year-old Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8.
Youth at Ranainwari, Batamaloo, Baghi Mehtab and other areas in Srinagar came out on roads and staged protest demonstrations against the civilian killings. They clashed with the police and CRPF men, who fired tear smoke shells and pellets and resorted to baton charge to disperse the protestors. Many people sustained injuries in the forces action.
People at Noorbagh area in Srinagar painted walls and roads with pro-freedom slogans and held a peaceful sit-in to protest the civilian killings.
Clashes between force personnel and protesters took place in Panzan area of Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district after a freedom rally was foiled. Over a dozen people sustained injuries in the clashes.
Protest rallies were taken out at several places in Ganderbal district, where authorities disallowed Friday prayers at Beehama Jamia Masjid for the seventh consecutive week.
The rallies were taken out in Beehama, Safapora, Manigam, Batwina, Kangan and Preng areas of the district.
Clashes erupted between protesters and forces at village Heewan in Baramulla district. The cops fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the protestors, who pelted stones on them. More than dozen people sustained injuries in the clashes. Two of the injured were hit by pellets in eyes.
The locals said forces vandalized the pro-freedom rally venue in the area and set fire several tents erected to host the rally called by Ittehad-e-Millat, an organization representing people of various religious schools of thought.
“It infuriated people, who had assembly in the area. As they protested, the force personnel fired pellets and tear gas shells to disperse them, causing injuries to over two dozen people,” they said.
People at Chanderhama, Pattan in Baramulla district staged a peaceful protest rally. Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the protestors demanded an end to civilian killings.
The clashes between youth and protestors were reported from many places in Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Handwara. Many persons sustained injuries during the clashes.
At least 20 people sustained injuries when police and paramilitary personnel fired pellets and tear smoke shells to disperse protest rallies in Shopian town and its adjoining areas after Friday prayers.
Of the 20 people injured in forces action, 15 had sustained pellet injuries. Two of the injured by pellets were referred to Srinagar hospitals for specialized treatment.
The clashes between youth and cops also took place in Tahab, Tral, Charsoo, Newa and many other areas in Pulwama district. Over two dozen people were injured in the clashes.
Police and paramilitary personnel used force to disperse a protest rally in Bolson area of Kulgam district. In the forces action, six people sustained injuries and were hospitalized.
Six people also sustained injuries when forces fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse protestors in Dooru,
The clashes between youth and cops were also reported from Bijbehara, Sangam, Kokernag, Anantnag, Aishmuqam, Seer and many other areas in Anantnag district. Many people sustained injuries during the clashes.
The residents of Lassipora, Batanoor, Armulla villages in Pulwama district alleged that force personnel barged their houses after yesterday’s clashes.
“The force personnel barged in many houses in the three villages. They ransacked the household goods, beat the inmates and damaged the property,” they said.
The people today took to roads to protest against the forces highhandedness.
People from many other places in Valley also complained of forces highhandedness.
A police spokesman said 31 incidents of stone pelting were reported from Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Handwara.
“At these places, miscreants assembled on the roads after Friday prayers and pelted stones on police and security deployments,” he said.
He, however, said the situation remained by and large under control across the Valley.
Army to increase presence
Official sources said Army will increase its presence on roads especially in South Kashmir to assist police and paramilitary personnel in maintaining law and order.
They said army will be deployed to complement police in controlling the situation. “The step has been mulled in view of the ongoing protests in the South Kashmir areas of Kulgam, Pulwama, Anantnag and Shopian”.
The army vehicles are already patrolling the highways and army men have started patrolling in some inner roads in South Kashmir.