Clashes in Old Srinagar City Leave Three Injured



Nowhatta Protests on Friday Nov 20
Protests erupted in Nowhatta and adjacent areas post Friday congregational prayers.

At least three youth received pellet injuries after the clashes erupted in some areas of old Srinagar city post Friday congregational prayers.

Eyewitnesses said that shortly before the Friday congregational prayers a large contingent of police cordoned off Jamia Masjid Srinagar that sparked off protests in the area. The protests spread in adjacent areas including Gojwara.

“Police initially exercised restraint. As the protests intensified, the youth resorted to stone pelting leading to massive clashes between police and protestors,” reports said, adding that “police lobbed tear gas shells, pellets and also fired rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

Eyewitnesses told CNS that three youth suffered pellet injuries. The protests that started at Nowhatta Chowk later spilled over to other areas that include Gojwara and Rajouri Kadal, disrupting normal activities.

President Shopkeepers Association Nowhatta Muhammad Amin alleged that few tear-smoke shells that police lobbed on protesters hit two shops. “One shell hit an electronic shop and another one caused damage to foot ware shop. Clashes on Friday have become a routine here and we appeal police stay indoors after every Friday prayer,” he told CNS.

When this report was being filed, locals from Kawdara and adjacent areas said that Police used pepper gas causing chest problems.

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