Kashmir: Killing of militant commander Sabzar sparks clashes and shutdown

Civilian killed while scores wounded in clashes

Curfew like restrictions in Srinagar till further orders

Srinagar: A civilian was killed after government forces fired upon protesters while leaving the encounter site at Saimouh village of Tral town in South Kashmir.

Reports said that the killing of militant commander Sabzar Ahmed sparked massive clashes in Tral town.

Witnesses said that Forces in a bid to disperse them allegedly fired upon protesters. At least four civilians suffered bullet injuries while one of them identified as Molvi Aqib Ahmad of Kunjbal Tral, succumbed at Sub-district Hospital Tral. He had received a bullet in his forehead.

Two others were shifted to SMHS and Bone and Joints Hospital Barzulla for treatment.

The killing of militant commander Sabzar Bhat in an encounter has sparked shutdown and clashes in different parts of Kashmir, even reports suggest that mobile internet is likely to be suspended in wake of the emerging situation.

Sabzar Ahmed Bhat who carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh and was a close confidant of slain militant commander Burhan Wani was killed along with his associate Faizan Ahmed in Soimouh village of Tral town on Saturdayafternoon.

In wake of the emerging situation authorities in various colleges in Srinagar suspended their class work while clashes erupted at several places soon after the news about killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad spread across the valley.

Authorities at the Women’s College Srinagar and SP College suspended their classes and asked the students to go home. The classes were suspended to prevent student protests in colleges.

“Yes the class work was suspended in the college at 12:15 and we asked the girls to leave for their homes as situation deteriorated,” said a Professor in Women’s College M A road.

Reports said that panic gripped city centre Lal Chowk after students from the neighboring institutions staged a protest and started pelting stones on CRPF bunker at Exchange Road. Protests also erupted at Polytechnic and Amar Singh College in the city.

Police lobbed tear-smoke shells in Maisuma locality of Srinagar city when protesters hurled rocked on deployed forces personnel.

Clashes were also reported from different parts of old Srinagar city.

Shortly after the killing of Sabzar, students at Kashmir University suspended class work and staged a massive anti-India protest.

Reports said that students from Baramulla Degree College in north Kashmir staged massive protest against the killing of Sabzar Bhat. Witnessed said the police reached the spot and tried to pacify the students, triggering clashes. Reports said that students resorted to massive stone-pelting while police fired tear-smoke shells to disperse them.

Massive clashes were reported from Sopore town of Baramulla district. Reports said that students of Boys Higher Secondary School Sopore clashed with police while to disperse them police fired tear-smoke shells. Massive clashes also erupted in main chowk Sopore amid shutdown.

Reports of massive clashes were received from Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, and Anantnag where students staged protests against the killing of Sabzar.

Clashes were also reported from Mir Bazar, Dooru and Qazigund areas. Protesters attacked SOG camp at Nilo Kulgam with stones while in Lassipora village of Pulwama district, Army resorted to aerial firing after protesters attacked their camp with stones.

A youth Javaid Ahmed from Gosu Pulwama suffered pellet injuries in his eye and was shifted to SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

Spontaneous shutdown was also witnessed in Bandipora town and entire south Kashmir.

A youth from Narbal Budgam was admitted in serious condition at JVC Bemina Hospital. Attendants accompanying him told CNS that Reyaz Ahmed Dar son of Jan Muhammad was severely thrashed by government forces at his band saw. They said that Forces barged into his band saw after stone-pelting incident. They also accused forces of ransacking houses.

Reports from South Kashmir’s Anantnag district said that at least thirty-five persons were injured during clashes with government forces.

Reports said that scores of people were brought to Anantnag district hospital from various areas of the district.  One of the injured from Mattan area of the district who has suffered a head injury was referred to SMHS hospital for specialized treatment.

Authorities meanwhile suspended train service in wake of the tense situation.  The prepaid mobile telephone services and internet mobile were suspended. An official said that the outgoing and incoming call facility on prepaid mobile phones was suspended to prevent “spreading of rumours” after the death of Sabzar Bhat.

District Commissioner Office Srinagar issued a press releasing stating that  in view of prevailing Law and Order situation, strict restrictions (Curfew) will be imposed in the territorial jurisdiction of 7 Police Stations viz. P/S Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M.R.Gunj, Rainawari, Kralkhud, Maisuma of District Srinagar w.e.f. 28.05.2017 till further orders. However, admit cards of the candidates appearing BOPEE & AIIMS examinations scheduled on 28th May 2017 shall be treated as curfew passes on 28.05.2017. Further all the Colleges and Hr. Sec, Schools of District Srinagar will also remain closed on29.05.2017. (CNS)

 

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