Protests continued in many parts of this south Kashmir on second consecutive day Sunday against the killing of a youth by government forces in Khudwani area of Kulgam district, while a shutdown was observed in twin Anantnag and Kulgam districts of the valley. The shutdown call was given by Hurriyat (G) chairman syed Ali Geelani following the killing of teenager.
Suhail Ahmad Lone, 15, son of Ghulam Qadir Lone of Havoora, Mishpora was killed while two others suffered injuries on Saturday when forces opened fire upon a group of anti-Israeli protesters in Khidwani area here. The killing set off violent protests prompting the officials to impose the restrictions in few volatile parts of the district besides announcing a probe.
Hundreds of troopers and policemen carrying assault rifles and riot gear enforced at Qoimoh, Khudwani and its adjoining areas, reports and eyewitnesses said.
The adjoining Anantnag district and other parts of Kulgam district wore a deserted look as all shops, petrol pumps and business establishments remained closed, while public transport remained off the roads.
However, despite stringent security, measures, clashes broke out between protesters and forces in several parts including Qoimoh and Khudwani.
“Forces used numerous tear smoke shells to control the stone pelting youth. However, the youth regrouped and continued pelting rocks on the forces. The ding-dong clashes continued till late in the afternoon,” Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, a local resident told GNS.
During teargas shelling 9 persons sustained injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospital for treatment, reports said, adding that 3 paramilitary CRPF men also got injured during day long clashes.
The injured persons have been identified as Zahid Bhat son of Manzoor Ahmad of Wanpoh, Yasir Rah son of Reyaz Ahmad of Khudwani, Shahid Ahmad son of Ghulam Mohammad of Khudwani, Mohammad Amin Dar son of Abdul Aziz of Redwani, Mohammad Arif son of Mohammad Yaqoob of Redwani, Mohammad Aqib son of Bashir of Rampora, Farooq Ahmad son of Ghulam Ahmed of Rampora, Dawood Ahmad son of Mohammad Ibrahim of Turki Tashlu and Adil Ganie son of Muzaffar Ahmad Ganie of Ghat Redwani.
Meanwhile, a handout issued by police said that situation remained under control in Qaimoh and town Kulgam, however, an incident of stone pelting was reported at Qaimoh.”Four persons including two policemen received minor injuries in the pelting incident. All the injured were discharged from the hospital after being given first aid”. (GNS)