Day 80: Marches blocked, dozens injured, oppression soars

Curfew imposed in Chenab Valley areas; Hurriyat leader shot at with shells and pellets in Baramulla, escapes by jumping into the Jhelum; troops fire teargas into homes at Batmaloo.

Srinagar—Public protests and clashes with government troops continued for the 80th straight day of the anti-India uprising in Kashmir on Sunday. After 79 days, markets opened for the first time during the day following the relaxation given by the pro-freedom leadership.
At several places across the Valley, people held demonstrations and hurled rocks at troops that triggered clashes between them.
At least 7 civilians sustained injuries during clashes that erupted after government forces intercepted a pro-freedom march that was carried out from Rajouri Kadal to Nawab Bazar in old city Srinagar.
Witnesses said that forces lobbed several rounds of tear smoke canisters and fired pellets at protesters, causing clashes with youths. The markets that had opened following the protest programme of pro-freedom leadership were closed once again after contingents of forces were deployed in these localities.
More than 5 civilians sustained injuries during clashes between youths and government forces in the volatile Palhallan area of Sopore town in Baramulla district. Witnesses said that troops fired dozens of tear smoke canisters and pellets at people who were trying to march towards Rafiabad.—KR

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