Baramulla under siege, massive hunt to nab protestors


Baramulla—Government forces in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have arrested scores of protestors and pro-freedom activists from restive old town after area was cordoned off in the wee hours Monday. Sources said around 4: 15 am an announcement was made about the crackdown and a huge contingent of army, CRPF and police laid a siege around entire old town of Baramulla and launched massive operation to nab the pro-freedom activists and protestors allegedly involved in participating in protests. They said scores were arrested. However, the exact number of arrestees could not be established. Among the arrested include a father and son duo. Locals said government forces were checking pellet marks on youth’s bodies to ascertain their involvement in protests. They said bridges connecting old town with civil lines were seized and public movement is not allowed. Such a crackdown has happened first time in last more than a decade, they said. On Mar 5, 2013 army had entered inside old town Baramulla and fired upon protestors in which one youth Tahir Ahmad Sofi was killed.—RK