SRINAGAR: Several Kashmiri injured in the protest and clashes with the occupied forces the other day here. At least one Kashmiri sustained injuries when occupied troopers opened indiscriminate fire on the peaceful demonstrators in Nadihal area of north Kashmir’s Varmul district the other day. Eyewitnesses said that troopers of RR fired upon protesters who were protesting against thrashing of civilians by Army.
“A civilian namely Ashiq Hussain Lone was shot in arm by troopers,” they said, adding that he has been referred to district hospital Varmul. Two civilians were wounded earlier troopers of RR beat up civilians in the area.
Eyewitness said that troopers of 32 RR barged into residential houses and beat up several civilians in which two persons namely Abdur Rashid Malla and Muhammad Akbar Malik were wounded.“There was no protest or demonstration in the area. Ten to 12 vehicles of Army entered the village and troops barged into houses and beat up civilians,” they said.
The incident sparked off massive protests in the area with people demanding stern punishment to the troopers involved in the incident. Clashes were going on between troopers and civilians in the area. Protests also erupted in Sangrama after army troopers allegedly thrashed several teachers of Government middle school, Sangrama this afternoon.
The incident occurred when troops vehicle was reportedly hit by a stone at around 3.30 pm near the Government middle school Sangrama situated on the highway. The troopers, according to school authorities, thrashed several teachers and also harassed female staff.
Amid a shutdown, protests broke out in several parts of the Valley while the curfew was lifted from entire Valley except a few places. Police continued its crackdown on the youth and arrested a dozen youth from Pathachowk locality in city outskirts while police frisked and detained many motorcycle borne youth here.
However After months of mayhem and curfew by the Indian troops in the occupied valley, the Kashmiris witnessed a normal day Thursday as Hurriyat Conference spearheading the ongoing Quit Kashmir Movement, suspended the strike for one day.
Shops and business establishments reopened while traffic plied normally. Hundreds of people thronged various markets and long queues were seen outside Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). -SANA