Dozens of Shoppers have gathered in the Lal chowk protesting the police excesses amidst a complete shutdown.
Following the call of Traders Association, Islamabad (Anantnag) the traders here are observing a complete shutdown to protest the police 'highhandedness'. Early morning announcements were made on Masjid Loudspeakers asking the shopkeepers to gather at Lal chowk. Some traders gathered at Lal chowk raising anti Police slogans. The protest is still going on.
Meanwhile heavy contingents of Police are deployed around the Lal chowk. Pertinently Mirwaiz of South Kashmir, Qazi Ahmed Yasir had offered full support to the shutdown call.
"The highhandedness of Police has reached to the breaking point and it should not be tolerated anymore. Hence Ummat e Islami has decided to support the shutdown call of traders tomorrow" Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir said.
Traders in Islamabad (Anantnag) called for a complete shutdown tomorrow against Police excesses today at the main town of Islamabad. Speaking to 'The Kashmiriyat' a member of Trade association said, the amalgam has called for a shutdown. "Today more than half a dozen shopkeepers were fired at with pellets which was completely unprovoked", he alleged. Hakim Sajad Ahmad, of Traders Association Islamabad, has confirmed the shutdown call. The announcements are being made on Masjid loudspeakers asking people to observe a complete shutdown tomorrow against Police excesses.
Mirwaiz South Kashmir, Qazi Ahmed Yasir has meanwhile offered full support to the shutdown call and said "The Police highhandedness has reached to the breaking point and it should not be tolerated anymore. I received calls from the hospital, went there and figured out, the shopkeepers were injured without any reasons. Hence Ummat e Islami has decided to support the shutdown call of traders tomorrow."
Three residential houses catch fire after forces allegedly fired tear gas shell into a house
Hundreds of youngsters, some wearing masks, came out to the rescue of three houses that caught fire near Jamia Masjid in Islamabad's main town. The youth putting their life in danger helped the fire workers and the shopkeepers to rescue their valuable items from the congested locality of Reshi Bazar.
The Locals alleged that the cause of fire was a tear smoke shell that was fired inside the house of Mohammed Saleem Shah (Kotar) initially and the fire spread to other two houses later. It is pertinent to mention here that Stone throwing clashes were going on in the area post Friday prayers.
A Police officer while speaking to 'The Kashmiriyat' has denied any involvement and said they are investigating the matter. He also said "it is too early to reach any conclusion."
"The Kashmiriyat exclusively brings you the list of the injured"
Clashes continued in Islamabad (Anantnag) today at 6:30 pm around the Jamia Masjid area. Taranas were being played on loudspeakers in the Jamia Masjid of Islamabad. Many people sustained injuries when police fired pellets and tear smoke smells on protesters. 'The Kashmiriyat' exclusively brings you the list of the injured:
Mohammed Hussain Shah R/o Moomin Abad (Anantnag)
Faazil Salati R/o Reshi Bazar, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Showket Bhat R/o Anachidoora, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Bashir Ahmed R/o Reshi Bazar, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Javaid Ahmed Ragga R/o Reshi Bazar, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Aamir R/o Reshi Bazar, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Nisar Ahmed Misger R/o Reshi Bazar, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Aamir R/o Reshi Bazar, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Umair R/o Mattan Chowk, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Zahoor R/o Qazigund, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Qumair R/o Malknag, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Danish R/o Malaknag, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Fayaz Ahmed R/o Danter, Islamabad (Anantnag)
Today on the conclusion of Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Islamabad (Anantnag) dozens of youth gathered at the Jamia Masjid compound raising pro Freedom slogans. The youth later marched towards Lal chowk where the police tried to stop them. The youth retaliated by throwing stones at the troopers. One lady namely Sarwa Begum w/o Mohammed Shafi Pathan R/o Reshi Bazar Islamabad (Anantnag) was also injured after a stone hit her on the eye during the clashes. The Clashes are still going on.
Meanwhile a complete shutdown is being observed at Sopore area in Northern Kashmir in solidarity with the two militants who were killed yesterday in an encounter with paramilitary troopers.
"The demonstrators came out on the streets shouting pro freedom and pro Sabzar slogans"
Sporadic clashes began in the Achabal area of Islamabad (Anantnag) district today morning after clusters of youngsters appeared on the streets shouting pro Sabzar and pro Freedom slogans.
The CRPF and Police chased away the demonstrators. The youth started throwing stones on the paramilitary troopers. "Normalcy" had been restored when this report was filed
Restrictions will be imposed tomorrow in District Islamabad (Anantnag) to "prevent any untoward incident." The restrictions will be imposed following the intense clashes that were reported from various parts of the district including the main town of Islamabad, Bijbehara, Seer Hamdan, Mattan, Shangus, Achabal, Mattan, Aishmuqam, Kokernag. Clashes had also erupted in Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam areas of Southern Kashmir.
Curfew will be imposed in the major towns of Pulwama. Strict Restrictions will be imposed in eight police stations in namely Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, MR Ganj, Rainawari, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Batamaloo "until further orders". Budgam and Ganderbal will also remain under Sec 144 tomorrow.
A top administrative official of Islamabad (Anantnag) Abid Gani confirmed that restrictions will be imposed in Anantnag to "prevent any untoward incident"
Meanwhile phone services have been partially terminated across the valley.
Spontaneous shutdown and clashes erupted in Islamabad (Anantnag) this morning when the news of killing of Top Hizb commander, Sabzar Ahmed Bhat spread like wild fire. At least 20 people have sustained minor or major injuries during the clashes. The police and the paramilitary troopers fired tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the demonstrators. In the police action one Sameer Ahmed R/o Khul Kehribal, Islamabad (Anantnag), a 19 year old student of Higher secondary school Mattan received a head injury. He has been shifted to SKIMS for treatment in a critical condition.
A demonstration was also taken out from both Boys and Girls college of Islamabad (Anantnag) in which many students including girls sustained injuries. Zahid Reyaz of Bangidar Islamabad (Anantnag) aged 23, a college student and Mohsin Gulzar aged 23 of Malknag area of Islamabad (Anantnag), Mudasir Ahmed R/o Khanabal Islamabad (Anantnag) received pellet injuries. While one Tahir Rashid Dar R/o Kaladrang Redwani in Kulgam district who is being treated at District Anantnag said while he was back on his way to home after getting his documents from the boys Degree college in Anantnag, he was rounded up by CRPF men near Wanpoh and hit with a gun butt on the back of his head.
Meanwhile clashes have been reported from Shangus, Achabal, Bijbehara, Aishmuqam, Seer, Hillar, Akhura, Mattan, Nanil and many other areas of Islamabad (Anantnag). Clashes were also reported from many areas in Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts
With inputs from Salman Shah, Peer Imtiyaz, Imran Sheikh, Irfan Nazir, Fardin Khan, Abbas Parray, Aaqib Yusuf.