Emeutes dans différentes villes du Kashmir indien – 7 octobre 2010

Protest Shutdown Marred By Clashes, Many Hurt

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Srinagar, Oct 07, KONS: Dozens of people were injured in clashes between groups of youth and government forces in scores of localities in various parts of Kashmir valley Thursday while barring Palhalan in Pattan, no curfew restrictions were imposed in Srinagar and other major towns, for the first time in almost a month.

However a shutdown, called by Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani as part of its ongoing « Quit Kashmir » movement shut all markets and disrupted government functioning as most offices remained closed due to non availability of transport

Hurriyat (G) issued a new protest calendar on Tuesday giving four days of reprieve in the next ten days starting from Thursday.

According to the programme, Thursday was a complete strike marked by protests to show solidarity with Kashmiri detainees, and Friday would be a working day with one-hour peaceful demonstrations after congregational prayers.

Sporadic clashes between protesting youth and government forces were reported from Bijbehara, Kulgam and Anantnag (Islamabad) in south Kashmir.

At Velgam clashes were reported in the morning, however according to locals forces exercised restraint and neutralized the tense situation.

But in the afternoon at around 4 p.m a posse of CRPF personnel descended on the area and began attacking  residents irrespective of their age and sex. The forces personnel barged into nearly dozen houses and ransacked them, a KNS report said.

The report further said at least 21 cars and half a dozen motor cycles were also damaged during the raid.

The raid sparked massive protests with residents taking to streets chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

However police and CRPF personnel again swung into action and used force to quell the protests, reports said.

They lobed scores of teargas shells and resorted to aerial firing to scare away the agitating residents.

At least six persons were injured in the police action.

Protest demonstrations and clashes were also reported from Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam.

Protests broke out in Pampore after police raided several houses to re-arrest youth who were set free recently after central amnesty to stone pelters.

In north Kashmir a complete strike paralysed normal life while police conducted raids to arrest youth involved in protests.

Police raided a house in Sagipora, Sopore to arrest a youth wanted on charges of stone pelting but arrested his father Abdul Malik Bhat after they failed to locate his son there.
Earlier during the day at least three students received minor injuries as  groups of youth pelted stones at school buses at two places in the city.

A group of youths pelted stones at a State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) bus, carrying students of a private school, at Zindshah Masjid in Rainawari locality in the afternoon, a police spokesman said.

He said three students were injured and the vehicle was damaged in the incident.

Another group of youths damaged a school bus at Nowshera locality on the outskirts of the city. However, none was hurt in the incident, he said.

Some educational institutions have reopened in Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley from September 27 after government threatened to derecognize them but attendance of the students has been fluctuating with most of them preferring to stay at home during the strike days in response to the Hurriyat protest calendar.

 

~ par Alain Bertho sur 7 octobre 2010.

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