Srinagar, Sep 10 (KNS): With no let up in civilian killings in Kashmir in the past 65 days, two youth were killed in different districts of South Kashmir after forces fired tear smoke shells and pellets on Saturday to foil the pro-freedom rallies in the Anantnag and Shopian district, taking the overall death toll to 78 in the current uprising.
However, many civilians were also injured in Kashmir during the protests and clashes throughout the day.
Shopian youth killed
A 24 year old youth died after being hit by a tear gas canister in south Kashmir’s district Shopian.
According to KNS correspondent, Fayaz Wani, clashes erupted between youth and forces at Tukroo village after forces foiled the proposed pro-freedom procession.
“Forces used tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. One of the tear gas shell hit Sayar Ahmad Sheikh, son of Shamim Ahmad Sheikh on his head. He was rushed to nearby hospital where doctors declared brought him dead,” witnesses said.
They said that people were to hold a pro-freedom procession at Tukroo village following which hundreds of people this morning from adjacent villages marched towards the venue.
“Forces tried to stop the march of people this morning. They also didn’t allow making stage for holding of proposed procession triggering clashes in the area during which dozens of civilians were injured,” they said.
Anantnag Youth killed
A 20 year old youth was killed after forces fired pellets to disperse the protesters in Batengo area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Witnesses said that a pro-freedom rally was carried out by the people here but used tear gas canisters and pellets to disperse the youth during which scores of people sustained injuries who were shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment while two among them were shifted to District Hospital Anantnag.
Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Anantnag, Dr Majid Mehrab told KNS that two injured youth were brought to the hospital while one among them died on the way to the hospital.
He identified the youth as Yawar Mushtaq Bhat, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat and said that he had sustained pellet injuries in abdomen and chest. “The other youth has also received pellet injuries and is being treated in the hospital,” he said.
However, reports said that forces fired teargas shells at mourners who were marching with the body of a youth killed in forces’ action.
Witnesses said forces fired pellets and teargas shells at the mourners who were shouting pro-Azadi slogans while they were marching with the body of Yawar.
Meanwhile, clashes and protests were reported from different areas of South Kashmir throughout the day during which dozens of people were injured and were shifted to the hospital for treatment.
According to KNS correspondent, scores of people were injured after forces used pellets and tear gas canisters during the clashes between youth and forces that triggered after allegedly vandalized the venue of a proposed pro-freedom rally in Nasoo Badragund village of Qazigund in south Kashmir.
Local sources said that people had decided to held a pro-freedom rally in Nasoo Badragund village in Qazigund while forces vandalized the venue of rally triggering clashes. “Scores of people were injured during the clashes who were shifted to the hospital for treatment,” they said.
Meanwhile as per KNS correspondent, locals in Hillar Shahabad in Anantnag district had planned a rally today but forces fired tear gas shells and pellets to disperse the youth triggering clashes in the area during which scores of people were injured.
Sources in District Hospital Anantnag told KNS that one injured youth identified as Umar Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Ahmad Bhat of Hiller Shahbad had received pellet injuries in his eye and was shifted to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital for specialized treatment.
Meanwhile, as per KNS correspondent, clashes erupted between youth and forces in Kokernag area of Anantnag district during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth.
However, no injury was reported during the clashes.
According to KNS correspondent, Bhat Zahoor, two civilians wer einjured after forces resorted to arial firing and used tear gas canisters to foil the scheduled rally in Khuree Batapora.
Witnesses said that despite forces tried to foil the rally, the people organiuzed the rally which was attended by thousands of people in Kulgam district.
They said that at around 08:00 am of this morning, forces tried to foil the rally soon after they reached Gandoni Noorabad, the people assembled outside the road and resist forces to reach to the venue.
“Forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the people during which two civilians’ sustained injuries,” witnesses told KNS.
A 47-year-old man of Aali Kadal Srinagar who was allegedly beaten by forces on Friday, who succumbed to his injuries in SKIMS Soura later, was laid to rest in Martyrs Graveyard in Eidgah.
Reports said that Abdul Qayoom, a father of three children who was working with Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD) department on ‘contract basis’, was allegedly beaten to pulp by paramilitary CRPF personnel at Hyderpora on Friday morning, however, police claimed it was a case of road accident.
Hundreds of people participated in Qayoom’s funeral that was held at Eidgah.
Following the funeral of Qayoom, a pro-freedom protest rally as per KNS correspondent was carried out in Wangan pora area of Eidgah in which hundreds of people mostly masked youth participated.
They raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans during the protest.
Meanwhile, clashes erupted in Chota Bazar and Kani Kadal area of Srinagar’s Habba Kadal during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth.
According to KNS correspondent, clashes broke out between youth and forces since this morning in Ram Bagh area of Srinagar.
“Forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the youth,” witnesses said.
Meanwhile, according to KNS correspondent, the residents of Magarmal Bagh in the late hours today staged protest against the civilian killings in Kashmir.
They raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans during the protest.
Meanwhile, according to eye-witnesses and local residents of Humhama area, at least four youth were injured after forces allegedly ransacked the residential houses and beat their inmates thrashed them.
They said that forces entered in the residential area and ransacked several residential houses and other goods in the late evening hours today. “They also beat our inmates who sustained injuries as well,” the residents said.
In central Kashmir’s Budgam district, clashes erupted between youth and forces during which forces used tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters who were throwing stone son them.
Reports said that several people were injured after clashes broke out in Razwein and Dardpora villages of the district after forces tried to foil a pro-freedom rally.
Meanwhile, locals from Dardpora area of the district alleged that people had organized a freedom rally which was “attacked” by forces.
“As soon as people started assembling in Eidgah Dardpora, forces attacked them,” reports said.
“Tear gas shells and pellets were fired on people resulting in injuries to dozens including women,” reports added.
Reports quoting sources said that injured persons have been shifted to Krimshore and Khansahab hospitals as forces had allegedly closed road to district hospital, Budgam.
According to KNS correspondent, people at main Chowk Baramulla offered Zuhar (afternoon) prayers on roads to mark a protest against the civilian killings in Kashmir.
The residents assembled at main Chowk and offered Zuhar prayers on roads. “The Nimazis also staged protest after offering prayers. They raised slogans in favour of Azadi,” witnesses said.
Meanwhile, according to KNS correspondent, scores of civilians were injured during the clashes between youth and forces in Sopore area of Baramulla district.
Witnesses said that scores of people sustained injuries after forces used tear gas canisters and pellets on people who were gearing up to hold a pro-freedom rally at Dooru area.
Reports said people were preparing to hold a freedom rally during which a huge contingent of government forces arrived at the venue and resorted to tear smoke shelling and pellet firing to disperse the people and bar them from holding the programme.
“Scores of people were injured during the forces action in the area,” reports said, adding that forces also vandalised the venue.
In Bandipora, as per KNS correspondent, minor clashes erupted between youth and forces in Kaloosa area of the district during which forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the youth.
According to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan there was no curfew today anywhere in Kashmir valley. “However, restrictions were imposed in few places in Srinagar as also in some towns in the Valley,” he said.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, said that six incidents of stone pelting were reported from Anantnag, Kulgam, Sopore, Baramulla and Shopian. “At these places, miscreants assembled on the roads and pelted stones on police and security forces deployments and tried to disturb the movement of the vehicles,” the statement said.
The spokesman said that at Shopian about 500 miscreants assembled and pelted stones on police and security force deployments at Tukroo. “The police used lathi charge and fired tear gas smoke shells to disperse the violent mob,” he said and added that one person identified as Sayar Ahmad Sheikh resident of Ganovpora got injured after he was hit by tear smoke shell. “He was shifted to Sub District Hospital Rajpora for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries,” he said.
The spokesman said that at Anantnag about 200 miscreants attacked police and security force deployments at Batingoo. “While dealing with the situation police used lathi charge and fired tear gas smoke shells but the miscreants did not yield,” he said adding while dealing with law and order one person identified as Yawar Mushtaq Dar got injured. “He was shifted to hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries,” he said.
The statement said miscreants also set ablaze Government High School building at Batingoo. (KNS)