Protests continue over Ramban killings


Though most of Kashmir was curfewed for the second straight day Saturday, people took to the streets at several places to protest the alleged desecration of the Quran and the killing of four civilians by the BSF in Gool, Ramban.

Police and CRPF barricaded with razor wire most of the streets and roads in and out of Srinagar and other major towns and restricted movement of residents. That, however, did not deter people from taking to the streets.

Scores of young men clashed with police and CRPF at Humhama in Srinagar. They pelted stones when police tear-gassed them. The protesters claimed they came out after police and CRPF men barged into their neighbourhood, beat up residents and broke window panes. People also protested against the Gool killings in Qazigund on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and in Shopian.

Meanwhile, Gool, a cluster of 18 villages spread across a 55-km mountainous stretch from Gool village to Ramban town, is calm. But the anger has spilled beyond to hamlets and towns along the Srinagar-Jammu highway, which was closed down by protesters for the third straight day Saturday.

At Ramsoo, hundreds of people took to the streets, shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. "We are hearing such freedom slogans here after two decades," said a villager.

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