Srinagar, March 30, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, at least two-dozen people were injured when Indian police and troops used brute force on peaceful protesters at different places in the territory. People took to the streets in Saraf Kadal and Rajouri Kadal areas of Srinagar demanding the return of the mortal remains of Kashmiri leaders, Muhammad Maqbool Butt and Muhammad Afzal Guru, to Kashmir from New Delhi’s Tihar jail.
They raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. However, they were intercepted by Indian police and troops, triggering clashes. The troops and police lobbed tear smoke shells and fired pellets to disperse the protesters, injuring more than a dozen youth. The police also arrested half a dozen youth, including a minor, in Saraf Kadal area of Srinagar.
In Baramulla town at least six protesters were injured when Indian police fired pallets on protesters.
People also held a pro-freedom demonstration in Islamabad town. Kashmiri religious scholar and the Chairman of Ummat-e-Islami, Qazi Yasir, led the demonstration.
Addressing the protesters, he condemned the curbs imposed on pro-freedom demonstrations and said that the puppet administration could not suppress the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle through repressive measures.
Reports of clashes between protesters and police were also received from Naidkhai area of Bandipora.
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