Hajin shuts against 'forces highhandedness'
Srinagar—Hajin township of north Kashmir's Bandipora district Thursday observed a complete shutdown against alleged ransacking and vandalisation of property by government forces on Wednesday.
All government and private establishments including shops are closed while the traffic is off the roads in the town, eye witnesses said.
Clashes erupted on Wednesday in the town after scores of youth pelted stones on government forces passing through the area. The forces fired tear gas shells and bullets resulting in clashes and injuries to five persons. One of the injured, according to hospital authorities, received a bullet injury in his knee and was referred to Bone and Joint Hospital Barzullah in Srinagar for advanced treatment.
Residents of Hajin on Wednesday alleged that stacks of dried grass was set on fire by army.
Locals claimed that 73 stacks of dried hay and cowshed was set on fire by army and no fire tender was allowed to douse the fire set by forces. "It was a regular army patrol that came under heavy stone pelting and they (army) have done it in their defence but we are investigating the case" SSP Bandipora Zulfikar Azad told Kashmir Wire.
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