Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir: Protest Leads To Death Of Police Officer Killed, Over 100 Injured – Oneindia

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Updated: Sunday, May 12, 2024, 14:15 [IST]

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One
police
officer
was
killed
and
more
than
100
people,
mostly
policemen,
injured
in
violent
clashes
between
security
forces
and
protesters
agitating
against
high
prices
of
wheat
flour
and
electricity
in
Pakistan-occupied
Kashmir,
media
reports
said
on
Sunday.

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The
disputed
region
witnessed
clashes
on
Saturday
between
the
police
and
activists
of
a
rights
movement
amid
a
wheel-jam
and
shutter-down
strike
across
the
territory,
the
Dawn
newspaper
reported.
Mirpur
Senior
Superintendent
of
Police
(SSP)
Kamran
Ali
told
Dawn.com
that
sub-inspector
Adnan
Qureshi
succumbed
to
a
gunshot
wound
in
the
chest
in
the
town
of
Islamgarh,
where
he
was
deployed
along
with
other
police
personnel
to
stop
a
rally
for
Muzaffarabad
via
Kotli
and
Poonch
districts
under
the
banner
of
the
Jammu
Kashmir
Joint
Awami
Action
Committee
(JAAC).

The
JAAC,
which
has
traders
at
the
forefront
in
most
parts
of
the
state,
has
been
seeking
the
provision
of
electricity
as
per
hydropower
generation
cost
in
the
region,
subsidised
wheat
flour
and
an
end
to
the
privileges
of
the
elite
class.

On
Wednesday
and
Thursday,
around
70
JAAC
activists
were
arrested
by
police
during
raids
at
their
residences
and
those
of
their
relatives
in
Muzaffarabad
and
Mirpur
divisions,
triggering
serious
clashes
in
Dadyal
on
Thursday.
The
committee
had
subsequently
announced
a
shutter-down
and
wheel-jam
strike
on
Friday,
a
day
ahead
of
its
planned
long
march
towards
Muzaffarabad
Saturday.

Amid
a
crippling
strike
on
Friday,
violent
clashes
took
place
between
police
and
protesters
in
different
areas
of
Muzaffarabad,
the
capital
of
PoK.

On
Saturday,
authorities
placed
mounds
of
earth
on
arteries
leading
to
Muzaffarabad,
apart
from
making
more
arrests,
to
prevent
people
from
heading
towards
the
state
capital.
Witnesses
said
that
Muzaffarabad
division
and
Poonch
division
observed
complete
strikes.
The
regional
government
has
called
for
a
heavy
contingent
of
policemen
to
stop
the
massive
protests.

SSP
Yasin
Baig
said
at
least
one
police
officer
and
a
young
boy
were
injured
as
police
resorted
to
teargas
shelling
and
aerial
firing
in
some
neighbourhoods
after
stones
and
bottles
were
pelted
by
protesters.
Kotli
SSP
Mir
Muhammad
Abid
said
that
at
least
78
policemen
were
injured
in
the
district
in
“attacks
of
miscreants
under
the
guise
of
protest”.
The
SSP
said
59
policemen,
including
Deputy
Superintendent
of
Police
Ilyas
Janjua,
and
two
revenue
department
officials
were
injured
in
Rehaan
Galli
while
another
19
policemen
were
injured
in
Sehnsa
Baroiyan.

A
press
release
from
the
District
Headquarters
Hospital
Kotli
said
apart
from
the
59
wounded
policemen,
nine
injured
protesters
were
also
brought
for
treatment.
SSP
Abid
said
some
police
officials
were
also
reportedly
injured
in
Doliya
Jattan.
A
total
of
29
protesters
were
injured
in
the
clashes,
according
to
Geo
News.

JAAC
spokesperson
Hafeez
Hamdani
said
that
the
action
committee
had
nothing
to
do
with
violence.
“It
seems
that
such
elements
have
been
purposely
planted
in
the
ranks
of
protesters
to
bring
a
bad
name
to
a
struggle
that
aims
nothing
but
the
legitimate
rights
of
the
people,”
he
said.

Addressing
a
press
conference
on
Saturday,
Finance
Minister
of
Pakistan-occupied
Kashmir
Abdul
Majid
Khan
said
that
the
government
had
exercised
“maximum
restraint
and
is
ready
for
talks
to
peacefully
address
all
contentious
issues.
“Issues
have
to
be
resolved
through
dialogue
and
our
doors
are
always
open
for
negotiations.
But
the
offer
should
not
be
misconstrued
as
a
weakness
of
the
government,”
he
said.
He
said
the
government
had
accepted
all
demands
of
the
action
committee
after
which
an
agreement
was
signed
between
the
committee
and
government
negotiators,
including
the
provision
of
targeted
subsidy
on
flour
and
freezing
the
electricity
tariff
on
June
2022
levels,
but
the
committee
later
deviated
from
the
agreement
and
announced
a
protest
on
new
demands.

Pok’s
so-called
prime
minister
Chaudhry
Anwarul
Haq
said
that
the
government
was
ready
to
give
related
relief
to
electricity
and
wheat
flour
prices
after
violent
protests
in
Mirpur
killed
one
officer
and
injured
over
70
others.
“The
government
held
negotiations
with
the
Awami
Action
Committee
(AAC)
and
we
reached
to
an
agreement
which
we
are
determined
to
implement,”
Geo
News
quoted
Haq
as
saying.

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