Pulwama: Curfew relaxed as police release nine youth

Curfew was relaxed in Pulwama today after nine youth, who were picked yesterday during clashes, were released today. Three people, including two policemen were injured in the pitched battles on Tuesday.

Sources told Kashmir Dispatch that curfew was lifted this morning, after the town reeled under curfew for four consecutive days in wake of the Friday’s firing by forces on civilians that left at least nine people injured. Curfew was imposed again when youth assembled at Murran chowk and pelted stones on police station on Tuesday.

Nine boys were rounded on Tuesday when youth assembled at Murran chowk and pelted stones on police station. In retaliation, forces lobbed tear smoke shells after they failed to chase away the protesters with baton charge.

Meanwhile, shops, offices, schools and business establishments opened today.

On Friday last, indefinite curfew was clamped in the town after nine civilians were injured in forces firing at two different places. Seven people were wounded when forces opened fire on hundreds of people who tried to march towards the site where two holed up militants of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit were engaged in a gunfight with troops.

Later, two more persons were injured when the forces opened fire at a group of people near the Martyrs Park at main chowk when they were removing the injured to hospital. The firing sparked off massive anti-India and pro-freedom demonstrations in the town.