Clashes in Bandipora, Kashmir

Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir): Four policemen, including an officer, were injured on January 31 in the clashes in Bandipora district against the alleged failure of government in providing them with basic amenities of life.

Scores of residents assembled at Laherwalpora village in the district and staged a protest rally against government’s ‘failure’ to provide them with basic amenities. SHO Abdul Khalid and ADDC Ghulam Muhammad apart from two other policemen were wounded when protesters attacked them with stones and sticks. Police later burst teargas canisters and used batons to disperse the protestors.

Clashes between the security forces and protesters broke out in Bomai - Sopore on January 25 after the arrest of a student, Showkat Bashir, son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat undergoing post graduation course in University of Kashmir from his residence by SOG. Militants fired rifle grenade towards CRPF in Sopore, about 35 kilometres north-west of the city-centre on February 2. The grenade missed the target and no loss of life or injury was reported. However, police says that it hit the net of a picket and landed in the residence of senior Congress party leader, Ghulam Rasool Kar, damaging window panes of the house. Militants on January 24 opened fire on a joint check post of police and CRPF in Sopore, but no casualty was reported.

Police on February 2 claimed to have arrested nine stone pelters in Kreeri-Baramulla responsible for creating law and order problem in the area during the summer unrest last year. They were arrested under FIR No. 73/2010 U/S 143, 149, 307, 332, 336 RPC.

JKLF (R) on February 4 launched a signature campaign demanding shifting of mortal remains of its founder, Mohammad Maqbool Bhat from New Delhi’s Tihar jail to the valley. Bhat was hanged to death in Tihar jail on February 11, 1984 and was buried in the jail premises. The organization called for a shutdown on February 11.

Accusing the Centre of using ‘coercive’ methods to engage separatists in talks, Hurriyat Conference (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani on January 27 alleged that his faction of Hurriyat and Tehreek-i-Hurriyat are being “targeted” for the said purpose. “Our party leaders and cadres are being arrested and sent to Jammu jails where they are subjected to atrocities”.

Police on January 24 claimed to have arrested a woman courier, Nighat, 45, wife of Irshad Ahmad from Eidgah and recovered Hawala money and a page of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) letter pad from her possession. FIR No. 04/2011 under section 120B RPC, 17 U.A Act has been registered against her. Police on January 27 claimed to have rescued three boys from joining militancy in Kujar village of Yaripora area in south Kashmir’s Kulgam.

Police on January 27 claimed to have arrested financial commander and coordinator of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Ali Mohammad Naik son of Abdul Ahad Naik resident of Amirabad in south Kashmir’s Tral, along with Hawala money, receipts and seal of the outfit. A case under FIR No.09/2011 U/S 5/25 A. Act, 17, 20 U.L.A has been registered against him.
Security forces on February 3 destroyed two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the border district Kupwara.
As the police arrested three Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) members, the apex body of various employees unions on January 31 threatened to intensify agitation in case government failed to keep its promise. They were demanding implementation of Sixth Pay panel Commission recommendations, enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 and so on.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 15

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