Anti-India protests rock Kashmir for 52nd day

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Several injured in clashes across valley

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, anti-India protest demonstrations and rallies marked by fierce clashes were held across the Kashmir Valley on the 52nd consecutive day, Monday.
Several people were injured after Indian armed forces’ personnel fired pellets and bullets on anti-India and pro-freedom rallies in Srinagar, Badgam, Baramulla, Bandipore, Islamabad and other districts of the territory. Pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan songs were played on loudspeakers and Pakistani flags were raised in the rallies.
A protest march raising anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans was held in Doda against the arrest of a young social worker and continued human rights violations in the Kashmir valley. The march was taken out from central Jamia Masjid towards Eidgah. People also observed shutdown in Bhaderwah and Poonch areas of Jammu region. The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement organized a protest demonstration at Surankote in Poonch district.
The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement appealed to the people to follow the joint programme of Hurriyet with full spirit and dedication.
APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad in a statement issued in Srinagar urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shun blame-game and address the Kashmir dispute as per Kashmiris’ aspirations.
Meanwhile, representatives of a number of Sikh organizations staged a peaceful protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar and expressed their support to the ongoing freedom struggle in Kashmir. The protest was led by a Sikh leader Narinder Singh Khalsa. The Sikh organizations, which were part of the protest included Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar, International Sikh Federation and Sikh Students Federation.
On the other hand, police detained Awami Ittihaad Party leader, Engineer Abdur Rasheed ahead of his anti-India protest outside Indian Army garrison at Badambagh in Srinagar.—KMS

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