Shutdown in several Kashmir parts against rape of minor

MAJID NABI. Dated: 5/14/2019 12:21:15 PM

Scores injured in violent clashes

SRINAGAR, May 13: Minor girl’s alleged rape by a local youth at Sumbal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district evoked massive clashes that left dozens injured in parts of Kashmir amid ‘partial’ shutdown and protests on Monday.
Jammu and Kashmir Itehadul Muslimeen (JKIM), a constituent of Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mualana Masroor Abbas had called for Kashmir Bandh today against alleged rape of a three years old girl at Sumbal in Bandipora district of north Kashmir recently.
Although the shutdown call evoked partial response in Srinagar city and elsewhere. However, angry protesters enforced bandh at several areas in the old city.
Reports quoting witnesses said the agitating youth burnt tyres and placed iron barricades and wooden logs to prevent public movement on roads while transport was put to halt at several city areas including Rainawari, Saidakadal, Ranger Stop, Shalimar, Zadibal and Ashai Bagh.
Clashes also broke out between youth and government forces at Zadibal and Saidakadal areas since this morning amid protests against the heinous crime that evoked condemnation from all quarters.
Shops and other commercial establishments in city centre Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas remained closed, however traffic plied normally throughout the day. Government and semi-government offices also witnessed low attendance.
However, the impact of shutdown evokes mixed response in uptown locality of Srinagar where most of the shops were open while traffic movement was normal.
Routine work in High court and Sadder court affected badly as the lawyers heeding to Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) call abstained from work. Members of Bar Association also held protest outside Saddar Court complex at Moominabad here against alleged rape of minor girl.
The protesting lawyers demanded exemplary punishment to the accused involved in the ghastly act which they said ashamed humanity.
At least 47 security personal and around ten civilians suffered injuries one of them critically during clashes in parts of north Kashmir, police said.
Reports said, the youth clashed with government forces at many places in north and central Kashmir including Pattan, Sopore, Sumbal, Handwara and Budgam.
SSP Baramulla in an official communiqué said at least 47 security personnel including an Assistant Commandant of SSB 2nd Bn and seven civilians were injured during clashes at Mirgund, Chainabal, Harthran, Singhpora, Jheel Bridge Kripalpora Payeen and Hanjiwara areas. He said “the protesters hurled rocks even as the forces exhibited maximum restraint”.
He said seven youth who were clashing with government forces also suffered injuries and their condition is stated to be stable.
Meanwhile, protests rocked the city centre at Lal Chowk with people from cross section of the society staged protest against rape of a minor girl by a twenty years old youth.
Various political parties, trade bodies and civil society groups besides students assembled at Press Enclave from time to time demanding justice for minor rape victim.
Activists of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) also gathered at Press Enclave and staged protest demanding harshest punishment to the guilty.
Besides National, Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, State Secretary CPIM, Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami condemned the act demanded stringent punishment to the accused.
KTMF, KCCI also staged demonstrations at Press Enclave to protest rape of a minor girl in Sumbal area of Bandipora district by a local youth recently.
Besides, people from different walks of life including large number of women also staged protest at the City Centre Lal Chowk against the rape of a minor girl.
Students from various schools, colleges and universities also hit streets demanding harsh punishment not less than death sentence for the accused youth whom they alleged tarnished the modesty of minor girl in broad day light.



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