Pro-freedom rallies, protests, clashes in different parts of Kashmir

KL News Network

Srinagar

Clashes in Sopore. Photo by Muhammad Abu Bakar

Pro-freedom rallies, protests and stone-pelting clashes were reported from different parts of the valley after mandatory Friday prayers.

Reports said in Nowhatta area of downtown Srinagar after the culmination of Friday prayers, youth tried to take out a rally.

Chanting pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, the civilian protesters hurled stones on forces who, were deployed in strength in the area.

They said police and paramilitary forces fired several tear-gas canisters to disperse the protesters.

Similar reports were received from other major towns of the valley.

KL file Image: Bilal Bahadur

In Sopore, witnesses said that people after concluding the Friday prayers held massive protest rally chanting pro-freedom and pro-India slogans outside Jamia Masjid Sopore.

They said that police and paramilitary forces deployed in strength in the area.

Soon, they said, clashes erupted between the forces and civilian protesters. “Police fired tear-smoke shells on the stone pelting civilian protesters.”

Reports of stone pelting clashes were also reported from Baramulla.

After Friday prayers scores of youth took out a march that was intercepted by forces resulting in the clashes, reports said.

Reports of protests and clashes were also reported from southern parts of Kashmir.

In Islamabad’s Bijbehara and Sangam areas, locals started marching from Mosques after Friday prayers, witnesses said.

They said that the civilian protesters pelted stones on the forces in the Bijbehara and Sangam area triggering clashes. Massive teargas shelling was used to disperse the protesters, they said.

Meanwhile, a campaign to seek release of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in various jails for “pro-freedom sentiments” was launched by Chairperson of Ummat e Islami Jammu Kashmir, Qazi Yasir at Jamia Masjid Islamabad.

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