‘Pro-freedom’ rally held in Tahab, 4 injured in clashes


Pulwama, At least four persons were wounded when forces used tear-smoke shells to foil a pro-freedom protest in Tahab village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday.

Reports said that on the call of ‘Resistance leadership’, a pro-freedom rally was scheduled to be held in the village, however in a bid to foil the rally, large contingents of police and CRPF had been deployed in the area.

Witnesses and reports said that despite the huge deployment, the pro-freedom rally took place in which thousands of people participated.

“After the culmination of rally, as the people started dispersing, some youth pelted stones on the forces who retaliated with tear-smoke shells,” witnesses said.

The locals alleged that government forces thrashed some youth without any provocation. They added that some youth who participated in the rally were stopped on way towards the home and beaten to pulp. “A youth Amir Ahmed was given a sound beating. He suffered head injuries,” the locals said.

Confirming that a youth Amir Ahmed of Tahab was admitted in the District Hospital, a medico said that he has received injuries in his head,”

A police official said that a group of youth resorted to stone-pelting when area was peaceful. “We used mild force to disperse them,” he said adding that nobody was injured in police action.