Srinagar, March 17, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, people staged demonstrations at several places in the Kashmir Valley against the arrest of youth during past some days for participating in recent anti-India demonstrations.
People took to the streets in Pulwama, Kupwara, Shopian, Bandipora, Trehgam, Hajin and Tral areas and held forceful protests against the arrest of youth, demanding their immediate release. Complete shutdown was observed in Tral and Shopian against the detention of youth.
Indian police fired tear gas shells to disperse the protesters in at many places, triggering clashes between the protesters and the police personnel.
In Kupwara town, at least six youth were injured in the clashes while windowpanes of some vehicles were also damaged. Amid clashes, police picked at least nine youths from different places in the town. Following fresh arrests, clashes intensified in the town. The authorities re-imposed restrictions, deploying more troops and police personnel in the town.
Anti-India protests were also staged in Nawab Bazar area of Srinagar. Eyewitnesses told mediamen that the personnel of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) fired pellets, rubber bullets and resorted to tear gas shelling to quell the protests.
The residents of the area said that the CRPF troopers went on rampage and smashed doors, windowpanes and glasses of residential houses and vehicles.
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