Kashmir valley erupts in protest against civilian killings


Clashes erupted in several parts of Kashmir valley after Friday prayers against the killing of civilians in Rangreth and Arwani.

In Srinagar’s Nowhatta, intense protests erupted against the civilian killings in the valley. Soon after the Friday prayers culminated in the historic Jamia Masjid, people took out a protest rally against the killings. However forces were deployed in strength in the area. They intercepted the civilian protesters who retaliated by pelting stones on the forces personnel. Massive clashes were going on in the area amidst massive pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Police used forces including teargas shells and pellets to disperse the protesters.

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Witnesses said that several civilians have got injured in the clashes.

Reports of clashes also reached from Sopore town of Baramulla district.

Clashes erupted between protesters and forces in old area of Sopore town soon after Friday congregational prayers, reports said.

The protesters mostly youth took out a rally in old Jamia area and shouted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. They also pelted stones on forces who retaliated by lobbing tear gas shells to disperse the protesting youth.

Clashes also erupted between Government forces and locals in Hajin town in Bandipora District.

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Reports said that the hundreds of youths assembled outside Jamia Masjid after the congregational Friday prayers and shouted slogans in favour of Azadi.

Witnesses said that hundreds of youth assembled near Jamia Masjid Hajin after congregational prayers and shouted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.

As the march proceeded youth hurled stones on forces, who retaliated by lobbing tear gas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes in the area.

Meanwhile one person identified as Sajad Ahmad of Drangbal Pampore was hit by a tear gas shell in his head in Pampore area of the town during clashes with forces.

Reports pouring in from Pulwama said that intense stone pelting erupted in main town. Several youth have suffered injuries in the clashes. “Taranas are being played in the mosques glorifying militants and freedom movement,” reports added.

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