The Jammu and Kashmir police used chilly smoke shells to disperse a crowd in Srinagar’s Maisuma locality on Friday afternoon who were protesting against the TADA court verdict sentencing two Kashmiris to life imprisonment.
People in Maisuma, Gaw Kadal and adjoining areas were seen coughing and weeping when police spoiled the protest march called by JKLF chief, after Friday prayers. Hundreds of people led by JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik were protesting against the latest TADA court verdict sentencing two Kashmiris to life imprisonment.
The police arrested Malik, Javed Mir, another JKLF leader, and others resulting in ding dong battles in Maisuma and adjoining areas. No one was injured in the clashes.
Protesting JKLF people gathered in front of the party office in Maisum after prayers and started marching towards Budshah Chowk where a heavy contingent of police was deployment to stop the protesters.
Smelling the police designs, the protesters chose to march from Gawkadal side but the area was also immediately cordoned by the alert police cops.
Police stopped the protesters and did not allow them to move forward by arresting many including Mailk.
However the protesters start resisting police by pelting stones and cops used chilly smoke shells resulting in the suffocation in the area.
Pertinently, a TADA court in Jammu recently awarding life imprisonment to two JKLF activists, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh and Showkat Ahmad Khan. JKLF has announced a protest program against the court verdict.