Clashes amid shutdown in south Kashmir after CRPF men ‘thrash’ pedestrians

Clashes broke out amid a shutdown in Islamabad (Anantnag) district of south Kashmir on Monday after paramilitary forces allegedly thrashed an auto driver and pedestrians.

Witnesses said that protests began after CRPF men thrashed an auto driver and some pedestrians at Lal Chowk area of the town.

The clashes, they said, later spread to the entire town with youth hurling rocks at police and CRPF men.

The forces responded with tear gas shelling, they said.

Meanwhile, the area is observing a complete shutdown to mourn Zahid Rasool Bhat, a trucker who succumbed to injuries sustained in an attack by a mob in Udhampur district of Jammu region.

Bhat was laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans at hisnative Botengoo village in Anantnag district yesterday.

He breathed his last at Safderjung hospital in New Delhi on Sunday.


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