Rohingya issue riles up Valley

Protest marches held, 6 policemen injured in clashes

September 08, 2017 10:40 pm | Updated 10:40 pm IST - SRINAGAR

Fresh battle: Restrictions were imposed in Srinagar on Septemebr 8, 2017 to prevent protests on the Rohingya issue.

Fresh battle: Restrictions were imposed in Srinagar on Septemebr 8, 2017 to prevent protests on the Rohingya issue.

Six police personnel were injured and a police vehicle set ablaze as protesters clashed with security forces in parts of the Valley over the “alleged killings and displacement of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar”.

A police spokesman said miscreants from a mob pelted stones on the police and security force deployment at Anantnag’s Lal Chowk on Friday afternoon.

“These miscreants set a police vehicle on fire. Six police personnel, including two officers, were injured in the incident,” said the police.

The protesters were carrying placards calling for an end to the “persecution of Rohingya Muslims”. In Srinagar, areas under five police stations were placed under restrictions.

More than a dozen protest marches were held in the Valley over the issue. Students at Kashmir University also held a demonstration.

“A joint resolution framed by the MMU [Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema] was passed unanimously in all mosques and shrines, where the United Nations and other world human rights bodies were urged to play their part in stopping the genocide of the Muslims of Myanmar,” said an MMU spokesman.

Normal life was disrupted in the Chenab Valley, where a shutdown was observed over the issue. Protest marches were also held in Bhaderwah, Doda, Kishtwar and Thathri there.

‘Humanitarian crisis’

Communist Party of India(Marxist) leader M.Y. Tarigami termed the Rohingya issue “as a big humanitarian crisis”. “There were expectations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his recent visit to that country, would take up this issue with the Myanmar government. Unfortunately, he did not. The refugee issue must be dealt with humanely,” said Mr. Tarigami.

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