Sopore boy loses eye
Srinagar: In Indian administered Kashmir, two persons were killed and three others wounded in a road accident at Nagbal area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district when the driver of a load carrier lost control and turned turtle after being hit by a stone allegedly thrown by protesters.
Meanwhile four people were injured in separate protest incidents at Kralpora Budgam and Sopore.
A senbior Police officer told Agence India Press that protesters who were “enforcing” strike, resorted to stone pelting on passing vehicles in the area and the ill-fated load carrier bearing chasis No. 065773 turned turtle while it was on way to Shopian. The load carrier was carrying five people including the driver.
Locals said the incident occurred at 12.30 pm and resulted in on spot death of a 30 year old Javed Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Ismail and Muhammad Ramzan Malik (65) son of Ghulam Ahmad both residents of Chitragam-Kalan, Zainapora Shopian, while Ismail son of Ali Muhammad, Abdul Rashid Naikoo, son of Ismail residents of D K Pora Zainapora and Khalid Amin Bhat son of Muhammad Amin of Baba Pora Zainapora Shopian.
A pal of gloom descended Chitragam Zainapora when bodies of Javed and Muahmmad Ramzaan reached there. People from all adjacent villages reached Chitragam to participate in their funeral.
Bhat, according to his family members was on way to Shopian for shopping despite strike as he was going to be engaged on Sunday. They said Javed got a lift by a motorcyclist who dropped him half way and from there he boarded the ill-fated load carrier heading toward Shopian.
Police has registered a case into the matter and further investigations are on.
Police spokesman said a 12-year boy; Atif Maqbool was injured when a stone allegedly thrown by protesters hit the car he was travelling in with his parents at Kralpora on Srinagar-Charar Sharief Road late in the evening.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown coupled with minor protests was observed across Valley in response to the three days civil curfew call by Hurriyat (G), spearheading the ongoing ‘Quit Jammu and Kashmir’ movement.
Reports from across the Valley said a complete strike was observed in all the major towns and districts of Valley. All shops, offices, educational institutes, petrol pumps, business establishments, and many government offices were shut in response to the strike call by Hurriyat (G). Public transport was also off the roads, while private vehicles were seen plying on all the major roads.
In Srinagar, thousands of CRPF troops and policemen riot gear manned the deserted streets, lanes and by lanes to foil any attempt of the people to stage pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. However, co curfew or restrictions were imposed on the movement of people.
In Sopore town three persons including two policemen were injured in evening clashes. The trio, according to witnesses was injured after youth staged the pro-freedom demonstrations in Chinkipora area of old Sopore in evening, triggering clashes. To disperse the protesters police resorted to baton charge and fired tear gas canisters coupled with firing rubber bullets. The youth retaliated and pelted stones on forces. The clashes continued for some time.
Reports said the right eye and cheek of Wasim Ahmad, a youth has got completely damaged while two policemen including sub inspector Nisar Ahmad got injured after being hit by stones. Wasim has been shifted to a Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.
Earlier in the day, clashes broke out at several parts of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Reports said dozens of youth took to streets in Pattan and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations.
Raising “We want freedom,” “Go India Go Back,” the protesters pelted stones on government forces. In retaliation forces opened aerial fire to disperse the protesters after using tear smoke shells.
Protests were also reported from Khanpora area. In Sopore and Sheeri Baramullah, undeclared curfew was imposed by the authorities fearing pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations. Reports of complete shutdown were also received from other major towns and districts of the Valley.
Police claimed the situation in Valley remained by and large peaceful throughout the day.
More than four months long unrest in Indian Kashmir has left 111 civilians most of them teenagers dead and many more handicapped. The valley has been under strife since June 11 after the death of teenager Tufail Matoo.
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