Shutdown, clashes in Pulwama on Omais’s martyrdom anniversary

Srinagar, December 25, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, a complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama district on the first martyrdom anniversary of a mujahid, who was martyred by Indian troops on this day in Ajas area of Bandipora district, last year.

Omais Ahmad Shiekh alias Abu Hamza son of Farooq Ahmad of Chatapora village was killed in an encounter with forces at Ajas in Bandipora district, last year. All the shops remained closed while transport was off the roads. Reports said that even the bakery shops didn’t open today.

Pro-freedom songs were played over the loudspeakers of the mosques to pay tribute to the martyred youth. Clashes erupted early morning after Indian forces deployed in the area fired teargas shells at a group of youth who were installing banners over the grave of the youth. Youth responded by hurling rocks at the forces. Clashes ended after additional forces were deployed in the area.

Meanwhile Forcible anti-India protests were held at Banihal and Bijbehara on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, today. Hundreds of drivers parked their trucks on road near Banihal and protested against highhandedness of the Indian army. They said that army personnel ruthlessly beat up truck drivers without any reason. In Bijbehara, dozens of people also took to the streets against the Indian army for subjecting many locals to unprovoked thrashing and beating in the area.

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