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Bandipora incident: Amid shutdown, protests, clashes witnessed in Kashmir


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Srinagar, May 13 (KNS): For the second consecutive day, the protests against the rape of a three-year-old girl in Sumbal area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district continued on Monday with students, layers, locals residents taking to the streets, demanding stringent punishment against the culprit.

Besides, a complete shutdown was observed across the Valley today to mark a protest against the incident. The shutdown was called by Jammu and Kashmir Itehaadul Muslimeen, appealing people to observe shutdown today.

Jammu and Kashmir Itehaadul Muslimeen headed by Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari assembled at Srinagar’s press enclave here and staged protest against the incident.

The protesters were holding placards reading slogans; they chanted slogans in favour of justice.

Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari while talking to reporters here said that the government always comes up with assurances but later fail to ensure justice to the victim. “Several such cases like Kunan Poshpora, Uri and others are still pending as the government has failed to ensure justice to the victim,” he said.

He added that involved culprits in the heinous crime be dealt with strictly so that everyone will take a lesson.

The students from different colleges also staged a protest outside Press enclave in this afternoon, demanding capital punishment to the culprit.

The students holding placards reading ‘hang the rapists’ raised slogans in favour of justice. They said that such heinous acts are creating fear among the girls. “We demand the rapists be hanged till death so that no one could dare to indulge in such kind of crimes in future,” the students said.

The members of JK Youth Alliances (JKYA) also marched towards Raj Bhawan here to submit a memorandum, demanding time bound investigation and exemplary punishment to rapists as per Islamic law.

The protest march was however intercepted by police near Lalit hotel. The memorandum was later handed over to the Rajbawan officials.

The residents of Mandir bagh here also staged a protest against the incident. They also marched from Mandir Bagh to Press enclave here, carrying black flags to express sympathy with the victim.

The protesters mostly women were raising slogans in favour of justice, demanded stringent action against the involved person.

The lawyers also staged a protest in Lower Court here demanding stringent action against the culprit, saying that the punishment against the involved persons should be exemplary so that it will become a lesson for all.

Meanwhile, scores of youth were injured, one of them critically, in violent protests in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Reports said that massive protests erupted in Chenbal area of Pattan today morning with youth clashing with the security forces.

They said that the forces resorting to tear gas shelling after the protesters pelted them with stones, resulting in injuries to over 12 youth.

One among them, identified as Arshid Ahmad Dar, was hit by a tear gas shell in his head following which he was rushed to Srinagar in critical condition.

Clashes also broke out in Sopore after the students took to the streets there to protests against the Bandipora incident.

According to KNS Correspondent, the students of Degree College Ganderbal and Central University of Kashmir Ganderbal Students boycotted their classes and hold a peaceful protest against the Sumbal Bandipora rape case.

The students assembled in the premises of the college and CUK and held protests, demanding strict punishment to the culprit involved in Sumbal Bandipora rape case.

Chanting slogans to demand hanging of the culprit of Sumbal rape of 3 year old minor the students came out of the college and CUK campus premises and staged a peacefull protest at Tawheed Chowk Ganderbal

The students of Share e Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) at Wadoora Sopore in north Kashmir’s peaceful protest inside the campus against the rape of a three-year-old girl in Sumbal area of Bandipora district in north Kashmir.

Protest marches were held across north Kashmir’s Kupwara district including students of boys and Women’s colleges form Handwara and Kupwara, demanding capital punishment for involved accused.

The students of Government Degree College Tral also staged a protest today against the incident, demanding justice to the victim and stern action against the involved person, who they said should be hanged till death.

Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society also staged a protest outside Srinagar’s press enclave and demanded Shariah law be implemented and those involved in such kind of acts be dealt as per the Islamic law.

The members of Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society including M Altaf Bhat, M Sulaiman Bhat Abdul Hameed Bukhari and Naseema Khan said that the law should be amended and instead Shariah law be implemented in such kind of cases so that involved persons be dealt with strictly. (KNS)