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Valley tense as 90 hurt in clashes over women’s death
Ehsan Fazili
Tribune News Service

Youths shout slogans at Srinagar on Wednesday protesting the death of two women at Shopian a few days ago
Youths shout slogans at Srinagar on Wednesday protesting the death of two women at Shopian a few days ago. Tribune photo: Amin War

Srinagar, June 3
Amid a complete shutdown across Kashmir for the third consecutive day today over the death of two women in Shopian, protests were held in Srinagar and other major towns leading to clashes and resulting in injuries to over 90 persons.

Hard line APHC chairman Syed Ali Geelani, spearheading the ongoing agitation, was arrested by the police from his Hyderpora residence here this afternoon. Geelani had called for a general strike for the past three days against the alleged murder of two women by the security forces in Shopian district.

While a curfew-like situation prevailed in downtown with the police and the CRPF keeping a strict vigil to abort any attempts by miscreants to foment trouble, protests were held in different parts of the city leading to clashes and resulting in injuries to around 30 persons. All shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off city roads, while the inter-district transport was also disrupted.

Reports of stone throwing were received from various parts of the city, including Kokar Bazaar in the central Lal Chowk, where the protesters burnt an effigy of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Heavy stone throwing leading to clashes with the security forces were reported from Bemina and Batamaloo areas here, besides protests in Qamarwari, Rambagh, Burzulla and Chhanpora in the uptown. Protests continued in Bemina locality here against the use of force by the police in the day in which several youths were injured, including one seriously.

Protests were also held in other major towns, including Budgam, Baramulla Kupwara, Pulwama, Anantnag and Shopian.

Pulwama and Shopian also witnessed large scale protests demanding action against those responsible for the murder of the two women.

More than 60 persons were injured in Shopian today when the police lobbed teargas shells and baton charged around 8,000 protesters. The trouble started when PDP president Mehbooba Mufti accompanied by her party legislators, mostly from south Kashmir, visited the area and consoled the members of the affected family. The PDP leaders went to police station demanding to lodge an FIR in the incident. Earlier Mehbooba and Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, MLA, and others addressed a public gathering.

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