SRINAGAR (PTK): Clashes between security forces and protesters erupts after Friday prayers in different part of Kashmir valley amid shutdown and strict restrictions.
Reports said that clashes erupted in Anantnag, Sopore, Kupwara, Hajin when people tried to stage a protest against the killing of a young student in Shopian.
In Kupwara, clashes erupted in main town near Jamia Masjid after protesters tried to take out a protest march against the killing of Shopian youth by Indian forces.
Reports said that after congregational Friday prayers people tried to take out a protest march, however, forces deployed in strength stopped them, triggering clashes. Reports also said that one SPO was injured in the clashes.
In Hajin area of north Kashmir, reports said that hundreds of youth assembled near Jamia Masjid Hajin after prayers and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
The youth took out a protest march from Jamia Masjid area and also hurled stones on army good will school Hajin. Forces deployed in strength near army Good will School used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters. This led to clashes between protesters and forces in the area.
In Anantnag, reports said that after the Friday prayers people marched towards Lalchowk from Reshi Bazar. The protesters resorted to stone pelting on the police and the paramilitary forces who were already deployed in strength. Forces fired teargas shells on the protesters which intensified the clashes, reports said.
In Sopore, Youth clashed with security forces in the town to protest the killing of a civilian in Shopian. Scores of youth took to streets after congregational Friday prayers and assembled near Markazi Jamia Masjid Sopore. The protesting youth were shouting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
Forces resorted to tear smoke shelling as the protesters tried to march ahead, triggering clashes.
Pertinently, Hurriyat conference had called for shutdown and protests today against the killing of a youth Adil Farooq Magrey in firing by forces in Ganowpora village of Shopian earlier this week.
Meanwhile a complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir valley amid strict restrictions by the authorities in sensitive places.
Srinagar witnesses curfew like restrictions to prevent protests
Government on Friday imposed curfew-like restrictions in seven police station areas in Srinagar to prevent protests called by the joint resistance leadership against the killing of a youth in forces firing on Tuesday.
The police stations include Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, MR Gunj, Kralkhud, Maisuma and Safa Kadal.
Restrictions under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were also imposed in the district headquarters of Islamabad, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kupwara.
The Hurriyat have called for general shutdown and protests against the killing of Adil Farooq Magrey of Ganawpora village in Shopian, who was killed when protesters clashed with the forces to disrupt an anti-militancy operation in the village on Tuesday.
All educational institutions, including colleges and schools have also been closed across the Kashmir Valley to prevent protests by students.
Train services between Baramulla and Bannihal town have been suspended.
While senior Hurriyat leader, Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under house arrest, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was placed under house arrest early today.
Liberation Front Chairman Yasin Malik has gone in hiding as he plans to lead the protest in Lal Chowk, reports said.
Heavy deployments have also been made in places where restrictions have not been imposed.
Authorities have already suspended 3G and 4G mobile internet services in the valley and reduced the speed of fixed landline broadband facilities.
Friday prayers not allowed at Jamia Masjid Srinagar
Authorities on Friday did not allow Friday prayers in the historic jamia masjid Srinagar and closed its gates.
Reports said that all routes leading to the mosque were also sealed to prevent people from gathering for weekly congregational prayers.
Pertinently, joint resistance leaders had called for protests after prayers against the civilian killing at Shopian at the hands of government forces.
Hurriyat (M) chairman and chief cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house detention last evening.
Ummat e Islami holds pro Freedom march in Anantnag
Ummat e Islami Jammu Kashmir to Sachnews Jammu Kashmir, The Ummat e Islami today organised a protest march to demand the release of the at least 5 boys arrested from the main town and the chairman of the amalgam who was arrested in an early morning raid from his residence Qazi Mohalla, Anantnag
According to statement , Hundreds of people gathered in the Jamia Masjid compound raising slogans to denounce the arrest spree. Addressing the gathering, Senior leader of Ummat e Islami, Mir Bilal condemned the atrocities of the Local Police. He also denounced the killing spree and called fore the immediate release of Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir and Khan Wahid, Ishfaq Kotwal and Javaid Reshi were also present on the occasion. However when the procession started marching towards Lal chowk, a heavy contingent of Police tried to stop the protesters which was retaliated by youth by throwing stones.
Pertinently Mirwaiz Qazi yasir has been arrested for the fourth time in less than a month. (PTK)