Srinagar, March 10, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, around 85 civilians were injured when Indian police used brute force on peaceful protesters in Baramulla town.
People took to the streets and staged forceful demonstrations in old town against the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru and arrest of several youth during the past few days. The police resorted to baton charge, teargas shelling and fired pallets to disperse the demonstrators, resulting in injuries to scores of people injured.
Doctors told media men that most of the injured received pellet wounds. The Chief Medical Officer Baramulla, Dr Abdur Rashid, said that Government Dispensary Sheeri received 85 injured persons in the age group of 25 to 60 years.
“Our dispensary has treated all the injured. Most of them had their body riddled with pellets. Some of them had pellet injuries in sensitive parts including eyes, face and head,” said an official at the dispensary. He said that the injured came to the dispensary as police had blocked all the bridges connecting old Baramulla with main town. Ambulances and paramedics were stopped from reaching the spot, he added.
The police also subjected the protesters to brute force in Srinagar, Bandipora, Sopore, Palhalan, Sangrama, Kupwara, Gulmarg, Pulwama, Kulgam and Islamabad areas, injuring many people.
On the other hand, markets abuzz with activity as shopkeepers opened their outlets after the occupation authorities lifted the three-day siege across the Valley on Saturday.
Pertinently, since the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, the Valley has witnessed forceful protests despite imposition of curfew. Four persons have died and over 600 injured in the clashes so far.
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