Curfew in parts of Srinagar, separatists’ shutdown and stone pelting incidents disrupted normal life in Kashmir valley on Tuesday. Eight people were injured and two vehicles damaged in separate incidents of stone pelting in growing street violence.
Two policemen sustained injuries in fierce stone pelting in north Kashmir, while a National Conference leader’s son was taken hostage by protesters in a separate incident.
Authorities announced curfew in five police stations around Eidgah area. Hardline Hurriyat Conferece chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani had asked people to organize a protest march at Eidgah, which houses Srinagar’s biggest graveyard of those killed in violence since 1990.
Curfew restricted normal traffic movement. Most shops, business houses, educational institutions, banks and post offices remained closed in Srinagar.
Five protesters were injured in pellet firing in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, 55 km away from Srinagar, when a group of protesters resorted to heavy stone pelting on security forces vehicles near Muran area.
“One injured was shifted to Srinagar,” said a police spokesman.
Clashes between security forces and protesters also broke out in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town, 60 km away from Srinagar. “Two policemen were injured at Cement Bridge in Baramulla town late in the afternoon when miscreants resorted to heavy stone pelting on security forces deployments,” said a police spokesman. The police, the spokesman said, exercised utmost restraint and chased away the miscreants.
Protesters attempted to disrupt the normal vehicular traffic by resorting to stone pelting on vehicles plying on the roads at Kralpora and Hyderpora in Srinagar and north Kashmir’s Ajas and Magam areas.
Two vehicles suffered damages in the outskirts of Srinager when protesers pelted stones on private traffic to impose shutdown near Zakura area. “One woman was injured in the incident and hospitalized later,” said the police.
Protesters also pelted stones at security forces in central Kashmir’s Ompora area, Budgam district.
Dozens of protesters took to the streets in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. The protesters were demonstrating against arrests made in Hajan area.
Eyewitnesses said protesters assembled at Hajan main chowk this afternoon and staged a sit-in. Protesters took Mehrajudin, son of the senior NC leader Ali Muhammad Sheikh, as hostage to seek the release of the arrested youth.