In occupied Kashmir, fresh incidents of braid chopping in Srinagar, Pulwama, Baramulla, Bandipora, Shopian and Kupwara districts triggered protests, clashes and shutdown in different areas of the Kashmir Valley, today.
Protesters, mostly women, blocked main road at Panzinara and Rambagh in Srinagar and disrupted traffic for several hours. The protesters raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Indian police used brute force and fired teargas shells on the protesters. Clashes broke out between Indian police and protesters in Reddi Chowkibal and Kralpora areas of Kupwara district. Locals caught hold of an Indian soldier involved in the braid-chopping incident. However, he was rescued by the Indian army and police. Complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and Shopian districts against the braid-chopping incidents and atrocities of Indian forces. Traders took out a protest rally in Bandipora to condemn the shameful acts against women. Several people were injured when Indian troops used brute force on peaceful protesters in Hajin area of Bandipora district, today. They were protesting against beating of an ambulance driver by Indian troops, while he was transporting a pellet victim to Srinagar hospital. Ambulance drivers, doctors and paramedics also participated in the protests.
The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed serious concern over the unabated incidents of braid chopping coupled with theft of gold jewelry and cash and said that such incidents were perpetrated to terrorize the people of Kashmir to relinquish their legitimate struggle for freedom.
Meanwhile, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of a martyred youth, Showkat Ahmad Falahi at his ancestral village in Shopian district, today. He was killed in firing by Indian forces in Shopian, last night. Showkat was buried in Pakistani flag amid Jeway Jeway Pakistan slogans.
The Chairman of Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik addressed a rally at Charar-e-Sharif, today. Pro-freedom slogans were raised on the occasion. Addressing the participants, Muhammad Yasin Malik said that Kashmir had been turned into a big jail where every little space on peaceful political activities had been choked in the name of so-called democracy.
He reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to expedite the struggle for freedom, against all odds.—KMS