Affrontements à Srinagar et Baramulla – novembre 2010

Valley Back In Hartal Mode, Clashes In Baramulla

kashmirobserver.net

Srinagar, Nov 03, KONS: Oscillating between hectic activity and inertia for nearly five months, Kashmir once again slipped into a comatose state on Wednesday as all business ceased on the call of the Hurriyat (G), thought clashes broke out in Baramulla between the protestors and the forces.

Shops in commercial centres remained closed, work in government offices came almost to a standstill, and public transport kept off the roads.

Though private vehicles plied with relative freedom, particularly in upper Srinagar, the usual bustle of a working day was missing from the streets and markets, which posed with shuttered shop fronts.

The government had not imposed curfew anywhere in the city , and the police and the paramilitary forces did not hamper vehicular movement with barricades and barbed wire.

The valley’s cycle of hartals and curfews, interspersed with periodic breaks, has been in place for nearly five months since June 11 when a young boy was killed by a police tear gas shell.

Around 111persons have been killed in police and paramilitary firing on protestors over this period dominated by the Hurriyat (G)’s Quit Kashmir campaign waged with practically unbroken strikes.

Today there were reports of sporadic incidents of stone-pelting in the central Srinagar area of Maisuma and severe clashes in Baramulla.

Groups of youth had come out in the Cement Bridge area of the town targeting the forces personnel deployed in the streets, who retaliated with cane-charges and tear gassing.

The clashes left some protestors and forces personnel with minor injuries, and the brick-batting continued intermittently till late in the afternoon.

Clashes were also reported from the Sheeri area of the town, where tight restrictions had been enforced after yesterday’s violence.

In Khanpora, another trouble-prone area of the town, stone-pelters attacked traffic in the streets and left half-a-dozen vehicles damaged.

Strict restrictions had been imposed in the Delina and Palhalan areas of the Baramulla district.

Amid strike youth clash with cops at Sgr, Isl’bad

risingkashmir.com

4 11 2010

Palhalan still tense, curfew in Sheeri

Srinagar, Nov 03: After a day’s breather, life across the Kashmir valley came to halt as complete shutdown was observed in Srinagar and other major districts. However, most of the private vehicles and some passenger busses plied on some routes.

Srinagar, Nov 03: After a day’s breather, life across the Kashmir valley came to halt as complete shutdown was observed in Srinagar and other major districts. However, most of the private vehicles and some passenger busses plied on some routes.
Wednesday’s shutdown was called by Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani.

Normal day activities were disturbed in Srinagar as all shops and other private businesses remained closed and public transport was off the roads in response to the call. In Maisuma area youth clashed with police and CRPF personnel and attacked a police vehicle this afternoon. However, private transport and most of the government offices functioned normally in the city.

Eyewitnesses said that soon after the clashes broke in volatile Maisuma, Police and CRPF armed with anti-riot gear reached the spot and chased away the stone throwing youth. Protesters also clashed with police and CRPF at Nawab Bazar, but no one was injured in these incidents.

“Chanting pro-freedom slogans the youth clashed with the troopers this afternoon,” eyewitnesses said.

In south Kashmir’s, Islamabad town youth took to streets and clashed with police and CRPF man at Malakhnag , Cheeni Chowk  and Reshi Bazar. Reports of clashes also came from the Bejbehara Town where youth were protesting against the arrest of some locals.

Complete strike was observed in other major towns including Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian. However, private vehicles were seen plying on the roads.

Amid restrictions in Sopore, Delina and Palhalan, complete strike was observed in the major towns of North Kashmir.

Due to overnight clashes, authorities imposed undeclared curfew in the Sheeri area of Baramullah district.

 

~ par Alain Bertho sur 4 novembre 2010.

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