Protests erupt across Kashmir over rumours of Article 35A

SRINAGAR/ANANTNAG:Protests and stone-throwing rocked many parts of Kashmir after rumours were spread that the Supreme Court was hearing the Article 35Acase on Monday.

Protests erupt across Kashmir over rumours of Article 35A

Protesters throw stones at security personnel in Srinagar on Monday. Tribune photo: Amin war

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Srinagar/Anantnag, August 27

Protests and stone-throwing rocked many parts of Kashmir after rumours were spread that the Supreme Court was hearing the Article 35A case on Monday. The clashes in many parts of Kashmir left nearly two dozen people injured.

On Monday morning, when shops and schools opened in Kashmir, rumours spread that the Supreme Court was hearing the petition on Article 35A. The rumours spread like wild fire. Soon after, clashes broke out in south Kashmir’s Anantnag which later spread to other parts of the Valley.

In Srinagar, shopkeepers downed their shutters as protests erupted at many places. Clashes also broke out in many parts of the city. The police had a tough time in handling the situation. Clashes were reported from Maisuma, Soura, Parimpora, Hari Singh High Street and Naaz Crossing in Srinagar.

As the situation turned tense, many schools were closed as a precautionary measure to avoid any law and order problem in Srinagar.

In south Kashmir, clashes were reported in Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam districts. At least 22 people were injured in Shopian district.

In Kulgam, students of Government Degree College clashed with the security forces. The students alleged that security forces entered the campus and thrashed students, a charge denied by the police.

“No such thing happened,” Kulgam SSP Harmeet Singh said.

J&K’s Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Munir Khan took to Twitter and said rumours were being spread about the hearing of Article 35A case.

“A rumour is being spread by miscreants that the hearing of Article 35A case in the Supreme Court is today. This is not a fact. We will investigate all these rumour-mongering cases and deal with the culprits strictly,” he tweeted.

A bunch of petitions challenging Article 35A are likely to come up for hearing on August 31.

Kashmir’s joint separatist leadership has already called for a two-day statewide shutdown on August 30 and 31 against the hearing and attempts to ‘tinker” with Article 35A.


Separatists call for two-day shutdown 

Srinagar: While spontaneous protests against "tinkering" with Article 35A took place in different parts of the Kashmir valley on Monday, the joint separatist leadership has reiterated its two-day strike call for August 30 and 31 when the Supreme Court hears the petitions. The joint resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Miwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, in a statement described Art 35A as a "highly emotive issue for the people, affecting their very existence as a people in pursuit of their fundamental right of self determination". It warned of a "mass agitation" across the state in case the Supreme Court announced "any verdict against the wishes and aspirations of people" of Jammu and Kashmir. The separatist leadership said the protests and sit-ins by various trade bodies and other segments of society would continue till August 31.

Culprits will be punished, says ADGP

J&K’s Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Munir Khan took to Twitter and said rumours were being spread about the hearing of the Article 35A case. “A rumour is being spread by miscreants that the hearing of Article 35A case in the Supreme Court is today. This is not a fact. We will investigate all these rumour-mongering cases and deal with the culprits strictly,” he tweeted.

 

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