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People injured in renewed clashes - Srinagar

Srinagar: Four people, including two policemen were injured in clashes that broke out between security forces and protesters, here on February 11. A shutdown was also observed on the day to mark 27th death anniversary of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) founder, Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.

Scores of JKLF activists carried out a protest demonstration, while demanding return of mortal remains of Bhat, who was hanged on February 11, 1984 at Tihar jail in New Delhi. As the activists tried to march towards city-centre, they were intercepted by CRPF and police and several JKLF activists were detained.

Life across Kashmir valley again remained disrupted, on February 22 in view of a shutdown call by Hurriyat Conference (G). The conglomerate had called for a complete shutdown against the order of Delhi police to restrict movement of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani in Delhi.

Police continues to arrest stone pelters across the valley. Police on February 15 arrested 12 stone pelters from Kreeri and Pattan in Baramulla. Police also claimed to have arrested a ‘wanted’ stone pelter, Ghulam Hassan Parray resident of Tappar-Baramulla on February 9 under FIR No. 78/2010 under section 148, 436, 395 RPC. Police on February 17 arrested chairman of Islamic Students’ League (ISL), Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi from the party office here at Batamaloo.

Claiming that 3,900 persons have been arrested by police and security forces since June last year, chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani on February 19 took pot shots at recent statement of Prof. Radha Kumar, one of the interlocutors in which she had said that many youth have been released on their recommendations. In a tele-statement from New Delhi, Geelani said “both state and union governments want to muzzle the voice of separatists by detaining them for a longer period of time”. He alleged that rumours are being floated that a new agitation would start from June this year. “Consequently, government is arresting activists of separatist parties and youth”.

Accusing BJP for leading the country towards yet another ‘partition’, JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik on February 14 accused the union government of clandestinely supporting attacks carried out against him and other separatists. “Time has come when they should come clean on this issue otherwise it seems that BJP and other groups are enjoying the backing of government”, he said, while addressing a press conference, here. Congratulating the people of Egypt for ousting Mubarak and taking power, in their own hands Malik said “even the worst democracy is better than dictatorship”. He said he couldn’t draw a comparison between Egypt and Kashmir but “Kashmiris should draw inspiration from Egypt”.

Seeking clarification from union government over ‘illegal occupation’ of Karakoram by China, National Panthers Party (NPP) here on February 15 said that almost 5,000 square miles of state are under occupation of China. “New Delhi is either ignorant about the situation on the ground as far as occupation by China is concerned or they are trying to play a joke on the people of Kashmir. About 5,000 square miles of state have been leased out to China by Pakistan in 1963 under Karachi agreement signed between Chou-en Lai and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutoo foreign ministers of the respective countries”, said Prof. Bhim Singh, while addressing a press conference here, adding that the lease was for 99 years and till date New Delhi has never raised this issue.

He added that the ‘deal’ was in total violation of UNCIP resolutions (August 13, 1948) according to which Pakistan was asked to vacate all territories of state. “China has built 16 military helipads on the occupied land and is supplying military equipment to Pakistan”. He added “entire Gilgit-Baltistan has been grabbed by Pakistan by appointing its governor under Reform Law in November 2010 as its province. Why did the Union and state government kep silent”.

While stressing on maintaining strict vigil and caution to thwart evil-designs of anti-national elements, Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda on February 18 directed security agencies to keep in mind human rights while fighting militants. Khoda asked officers to adopt people-friendly approach while making security and other arrangements.

Police on February 19 claimed to have busted a gang of seven extortionists who were posing as militants belonging to Al-Badr outfit in Pulwama and demanding huge ransom from landlords and business men. Militants shot at and injured two persons, Majid Bashir Khan and Arif Hussain Reshi in Sopore town on February 10. Another person, Ghulam Hassan Dar resident of Hajan-Sumbal was shot dead by militants on February 18. Unidentified gunmen shot at and injured an activist of ruling National Conference (NC), Farooq Ahmed Sheikh resident of Koil Pulwama on February 6. Unidentified gunmen on February 15 made an abortive attempt to assassinate two girls in Kreeri-Baramulla.

Militants hurled a grenade towards security forces bunker at Sopore on February 15 that didn’t explode. Two days later, militants attacked a police post in Warpora-Sopore and lobbed two grenades at a house where army is stationed. Later in the day, unidentified gunmen lobbed two grenades at Ganjoo house, where Army’s 22 RR is deployed.

A Deputy Commandant Somnath Batacharia of 177 Bn CRPF No. 1RLA-4863 and Naik Om Pal Singh of 22 RR died of cardiac arrest, here. Lakhs of devotees from across valley offered Friday prayers at Hazratbal and got glimpse of holy relic of Prophet Mohammad (SAW) on February 18 following Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. Two persons suffered minor injuries as an iron gate the devotees were passing through broke down.

Girls once again outshone boys in the higher secondary school examination, the results of which were declared here on February 19. A total of 52125 candidates appeared in the annual examination. Out of which 28932 candidates have been declared successful.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 15

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