Several injured in clashes, crackdown continues in IHK
Srinagar, February 21, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, over a dozen were injured in clashes between protestors and police at several places on the first day of the fresh three-day long strike across the Valley on Wednesday.
The strike was called by the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani to demand handover of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru’s body to his family in occupied Kashmir. Police and paramilitary forces resorted to smoke shells and lathi charge on the protestors at Gagran in Shopian.
The people at Gagran held demonstration and took out a procession. As the protestors reached near a CRPF camp, they were stopped. This led to intense clashes, which resulted into injuries to many protesters. Clashes also occurred in Srinagar and Bandipora.
On the other hand, the authorities continued with its crackdown against Hurriyet leaders and activists. A number of persons were arrested.
Peer Saifullah, the personal secretary of Syed Ali Gilani, was arrested from Rawalpora. Tehrik-e-Hurriyat leaders Anis Ahmad Mir, Abdul Majid Parrey, and others were arrested at Bandipora.
The authorities booked Hurriyet leader, Mohammad Rafiq Ganai under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA). Other Hurriyet leaders including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Ayaz Akbar and Farooq Ahmad Dar continued to be lodged in jails and police stations.
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