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Kashmir shuts against student’s killing; Over a dozen youth injured in Anantnag

June 10, 2017 | By

Srinagar: Clashes between Indian forces and protesters erupts after Friday prayers in different part of Kashmir valley amid shutdown and strict restrictions.

Reports said that clashes erupted in Anantnag, Sopore, Kupwara, Hajin when people tried to stage a protest against the killing of a young student in Shopian.

In Kupwara, clashes erupted in main town near Jamia Masjid after protesters tried to take out a protest march against the killing of Shopian youth.

Reports said that after congregational Friday prayers people tried to take out a protest march, however, forces deployed in strength stopped them, triggering clashes. Reports also said that one SPO was injured in the clashes.

In Hajin area of north Kashmir, reports said that hundreds of youth assembled near Jamia Masjid Hajin after prayers and shouted anti-Indian occupation and pro-freedom slogans.

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The youth took out a protest march from Jamia Masjid area and also hurled stones on army good will school Hajin. Forces deployed in strength near army Good Will School used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters. This led to clashes between protesters and forces in the area.

In Anantnag, reports said that after the Friday prayers people marched towards Lalchowk from Reshi Bazar. The protesters resorted to stone pelting on the police and the paramilitary forces who were already deployed in strength. Forces fired teargas shells on the protesters which intensified the clashes, reports said. Over a dozen persons were injured in intense clashes between protesters and government forces in Old Town Anantnag in south Kashmir on Friday.

In Sopore, Youth clashed with security forces in the town to protest the killing of a civilian in Shopian. Scores of youth took to streets after congregational Friday prayers and assembled near Markazi Jamia Masjid Sopore. The protesting youth were shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Forces resorted to tear smoke shelling as the protesters tried to march ahead, triggering clashes.

Pertinently, Hurriyat conference had called for shutdown and protests today against the killing of a youth Adil Farooq Magrey in firing by forces in Ganowpora village of Shopian earlier this week.

Meanwhile a complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir valley amid strict restrictions by the authorities in sensitive places. All train runs were suspended as a precautionary measure in Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for a general strike today in protest against the killing of a youth allegedly in security force firing on June 6 evening at Shopian.

However, traffic on major highway, connecting the valley with the rest of the Indian subcontinent, was through.

‘We have suspended all train runs in the valley today,’ a railway official said.

He said train runs from Srinagar-Badgam to Baramulla in north Kashmir have been suspended.

Similarly, train service from Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund to Banihal in Jammu region were also cancelled.

Meanwhile, restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were also imposed in the district headquarters of Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara.

The pro-freedom Kashmiri leadership called for general shutdown and protests against the killing of Adil Farooq Magrey of Ganawpora village.

Magrey was killed when forces opened fire on protesters who were protesting against Indian forces’ action against militants on Tuesday.

All educational institutions were also shut down to prevent student protests.

Examinations scheduled for Friday were postponed. Authorities on Friday did not allow Friday prayers in the historic jamia masjid Srinagar and closed its gates.

Reports said that all routes leading to the mosque were also sealed to prevent people from gathering for weekly congregational prayers.

Pertinently, joint resistance leaders had called for protests after prayers against the civilian killing at Shopian at the hands of government forces.

Hurriyat (M) chairman and chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house detention last evening.

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