Kashmir witness clashes from north to south after Friday prayers

SRINAGAR : Clashes erupt after Friday congregational Prayers today in Nowhata area of Srinagar, Sopore town of Baramulla and Hajin area of Bandipora.

Reports said that scores of youth assembled near Jamia Masjid in Nawhata, Sopore and Hajin after Friday prayers and raised pro-freedom, slogans, triggering clashes between security forces and protesting youth.

In Nowhatta, reports said that groups of youth started raising pro-freedom and anti-India slogans and pelting stones on forces afterFriday congregational prayers. They said that forces used tear smoke shells to chase away the protesters adding no one has been hurt in the incident so far.

In Hajin scores of youth assembled near Jamia Masjid Hajin afterFriday prayers and raised pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans.

The youth took out a protest march from Jamia Masjid area and also hurled stones on army goodwill school Hajin. Forces deployed in strength near Army Goodwill School used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters, which resulted into intense clashes. Some reports are also adding that the militants were also present in the protest.

In Sopore, youth assembled near Markazi Jamia Masjid area of Sopore town and staged protest against the student detentions. The protesters pelted stones on forces deployed in the main bazaar area who retaliated by lobbing teargas shells.

In Shopian, Similar violent protests took place at Singlu Chowk in Shopian . (PTK)

Pulwama observes shutdown to protest forces highhandedness

  A complete shutdown was today observed in Pulwama town of south Kashmir today against alleged highhandedness of security forces and vandalizing of shops during clashes yesterday.

All shops and business establishments were closed in the town while as traffic was off the roads.

The shutdown call was given by the Pulwama trader’s against the alleged security forces thrashing of shopkeepers and damage to their property. Pertinently intense clashes were triggered between security forces and students on Thursday in the town on Thursday. (PTK)

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