Srinagar, Aug 21: Curfew, shutdown, violent protests continue across Kashmir and it is over 40 days of mayhem. Post paid cellular services were partially restored yesterday after a seven day period.
In a new strategy, the security forces have begun launching man hunt and nocturnal raids across Kashmir to nab stone pelters and those who foment trouble in Valley.
Meanwhile, at least twenty protesters were injured in clashes with security forces when villagers in Fateh Garh Sheeri in district Baramulla facilitated escape of a group of militants from a security cordon today.
There were clear inputs that 4 militants including three not from India, were hiding in Fatehgarh village. Security forces cordoned off Fateh Garh village yesterday morning but residents came out in protest and facilitated militants’ escape.
Unfortunately, an elderly couple was injured in pellet firing by the security forces in Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district in a nocturnal raid. The pellets were fired as the couple the resisted the arrest of their son who is a Jamaat-e-Islami leader. Incidentally, it was Shabir Ahmad Fallahi, whom the security forces came looking for and in his absence tried arresting his brother Noor Muhammad and this is when his parents resisted. The couple was shifted to hospital for treatment.
Several stone pelters have been arrested in the last two nights from South Kashmir in nocturnal raids.