Anti-India rallies in Badgam, Bandipora amid curfew

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Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, massive clashes erupted in Mazhama area of Magam in Badgam district, today, despite curfew remained imposed in Narbal and Kawoosa areas to prevent a march towards Narbal as part of protest programme given by joint Hurriyet leadership.
People took to the streets in Mazhama against vandalism carried out by the Indian forces in the area. Forces fired teargas shells on the protesters, triggering intense clashes in Sofi Mohalla of Mazhama village. Late night clashes were reported from Kanihama and Mazhama villages of the district.
The authorities imposed strict curfew in Kawoosa and Narbal areas to thwart proposed Narbal Chalo call. Barricades were placed near Chinar Colony Kawoosa and Narbal Crossing while the Srinagar-Gulmarg highway was closed for vehicular movement.
Meanwhile, Indian forces used force on participants of a pro-freedom rally in Putushai area of Bandipora. The forces fired dozens of tear smoke shells and pellets into the rally. Hundreds of people, including women, were taking part in the rally.
Clashes also erupted in south district of Shopian today after forces ransacked the house of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president, Mohammad Yousuf Fallahi. Fallahi, a resident of Muloo, Chitragam has been declared ‘a proclaimed offender’ by police and posters in this effect have been pasted in the area. Men in uniform raided the houses of Fallahi and started ransacking it. The locals raised voice against the highhandedness triggering clashes resulting in injuries to many.
On the other hand, at least 6 civilian structures and many paddy heaps were set on fire in Kaimoh, Khudwani area of Kulgam district during nocturnal raids by the Indian forces. Forces also smashed dozens of parked vehicles in the area triggering to clashes early this morning despite the imposition of curfew in the district.
Police and CRPF personnel raided Khudwani, Kaimoh, Hawoora and Mishpora villages late last night to arrest some youth. On seeing heavy number of personnel cordoning the area and raiding different houses, locals came on streets and held protests. “Forces went berserk and set six structures, mostly cowsheds and paddy stores on fire.
They also set ablaze many paddy heaps, broke dozens of parked vehicles, ransacked houses and beat whosever came on their way,” locals said. Forces arrested eight youth of the area. A truck was put on fire by the forces in the area.—KMS

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