Violence rocks north Kashmir; life hit for the seventh day
SRINAGAR: Kashmir Valley observed a complete shutdown on the seventh consecutive day in protest against the transfer of land to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB). Demonstrations were reported from various areas; one rally was led by Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
The death toll in the violence in the past five days has gone up to four, with one person dying of injuries in hospital on Sunday.
As the authorities imposed “undeclared curfew” with stringent security measures, the level of protests came down but the Mirwaiz led a protest in downtown and demanded the revocation of the land order. He said a sea of people would throng the city on Tuesday in response to a “Srinagar Chalo” call by the Action Committee on Land Transfer (ACALT).
Reports said police and CRPF men were seen in large numbers in the city since morning to prevent people from venturing out of their houses. Barring a few incidents of stone-pelting in the old city, no violence was reported from any part of the Valley, police sources said.
As the news of the death of Imtiyaz Ahmed Haroon, who was injured in firing on Saturday, spread in the evening, hundreds assembled outside the SMHS Hospital and carried his body in a procession towards Bemina. The policemen allowed the protesters to pass.
Police disperse protesters
At least 45 persons, including 20 policemen, were injured in clashes in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday.
Reports said hundreds took to the roads in various areas to protests against the transfer of land to the SASB. However, security forces intercepted them using batons and tear gas.
The protesters retaliated by pelting stones, triggering clashes which continued till late in the afternoon. Reports said protests took place in Kupwara, Bandipora and other places.