Hurriyat instigating mob violence in Kashmir: J&K Police

In a shocking revelation, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday played out a video tape that showed a hardliner Hurriyat member instigating mobs in the state to attack the security men.

Updated: Sep 13, 2010, 20:58 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Srinagar: In a shocking revelation, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday played out a video tape that showed a hardliner Hurriyat member instigating mobs in the state to attack the security men.

State DGP Kuldeep Khuda played out the tape before media. It showed Imtiaz Hydar instigating mobs to attack a police bunker in Budgam. Hydar is a close aide of separatist Hurriyat (G) group led by Syed Ali Geelani.

"We showed how the people were collected for the violence," Khoda said. The police on Sunday arrested Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq for yesterday’s violence at Lal Chowk.

He also informed about the turn of events today.

"We had law and order problems in dozens of places today. In today`s incidents, the firing was resorted to at about dozen places in which 13 civilians died. About 45 were injured in various clashes," Khoda said.

"One policeman died in the clashes in Budgam. 113 were injured. 41 of them are serious, including two superintendents of police," he said.

"The loss of property is huge. All road dividers were destroyed in Budgam," he said, adding, "Buildings, police stations and a local school [run by missionary] were attacked and burnt."

Five persons were killed and more than 20 others
injured in alleged firing by security forces at Tangmarg, 45
kms from here, in Baramulla district after protesters went on
a rampage setting ablaze a private school following rumours of
desecration of a holy book in the US, officials said.

The school is being run by a minority educational
group.

The mob torched Block Development Office, court
chamber, tehsildars official vehicle and residence, social
welfare office, patwari office and two huts of tourism
department, the officials said.

The agitators then attacked a police station and tried
to ransack it, prompting the security forces to fire at them.
Nearly 20 persons were injured in the firing.

While two youths -- Muddasir Ahmad Parray and Abdul
Majid -- were declared dead at the nearby Magam Sub District
Hospital, another youth succumbed to injuries at a city
hospital here. He has been identified as Abdul Qayoom,
officials at the hospitals said.

Two injured youths, identified as Afaq Ahmad Khan and
Tariq Ahmad Ganai, were declared dead on arrival at a city
hospital.

Jammu and Kashmir government, meanwhile, banned an
international news channel, Press TV, after it aired the
report about alleged desecration of the holy book.

"The transmission of Press TV in Jammu and Kashmir has
been banned with immediate effect," State Chief Secretary S S
Kapur told reporters here.

He said the move was prompted after reports of the
alleged sacrilege act. Also the channel was not registered
with the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry as
required by law.

In New Delh, the US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer
expressed dismay over the violence following reports of
"a misguided individual desecrating the Quran".

Two protesters were killed allegedly in security
forces action at Humhama in Budgam district, where a group of
people attacked a security forces camp.

Residents of Charar-e-Sharief held peaceful protests
in the central Kashmir Budgam town in the morning but a
section of the crowd attacked a CRPF camp with stones, deputy
Commissioner Budgam Rafi Ahmad said.

He said in the retaliatory firing by the CRPF
personnel, seven persons were injured. "One of the injured,
Danish Nabi, sucumbed to injuries before he could be taken to
hospital," the official said. Two of the injured were referred to Srinagar hospital
while four were undergoing treatment at Chrar-e-Sharief
hospital, the official said.

A woman identified as Rafiqa, wife of Abdul Gani Teli,
died on the spot when she was hit by a stray bullet inside her
residential compound at Ompora in Budgam.

In another incident, he said a large mob assembled
outside police station Budgam and indulged in heavy stone
pelting.

A policeman, Devender Singh, was also killed when he
was run over by a vehicle while chasing a stone pelting mob in
Budgam. This is the first time a policeman has been killed in
the ongoing unrest.

One person was killed and two others were injured when
security forces allegedly opened fire to quell a stone-pelting
mob in Bandipora district, police spokesman said.

A large number of protesters had gathered at Ajas, 45
kms from here, and started raising provocative slogans, he
said.

A section of crowd started pelting stones at security
forces, who fired warning shots to disperse them. Three
persons were injured in the incident, the spokesman said,
adding one of them identified as Nissar Ahmad Bhat was
declared brought dead at a Srinagar hospital.

A youth identified as Aijaz Ahmad Gojri was killed and
12 others were injured in clashes between security forces and
protesters at Pampore town of Pulwama district, sources said.

Meanwhile, chairman of hardline Hurriyat faction Syed
Ali Shah Geelani condemned the torching of the private school
and appealed to the people to safeguard the property and life
of the minorities in the Valley.

"Geelani strongly condemns the burning of a private
school at Tangmarg. It is our religious duty to safeguard the
property and life of the minorities," party spokesman Ayaz
Akbar said.

–PTI inputs