Clashes between youth and forces erupted at few place in Kashmir after the mandatory congregational prayers ended in the various masjids today.
Witnesses said that the after Friday congregational prayers, clashes erupted between youth and forces at many places including Nowhatta in Srinagar, Hajin in Bandipora, Sopore areas in Baramulla and in Shopian town. Eye-witnesses said that as soon as the Friday congregational prayers ended at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar, the youth took to streets and raised pro-Kashmir slogans.
The youth later pelted stones on forces who in return fired tear smoke shells on them, triggering clashes in the area.
Similarly, the youth in Sopore in Baramulla, Hajin in Bandipora district and in Shopian town also took to streets and staged protest.
Amid pro-Kashmir sloganeering, the youth tried to march towards main Chowk. However, police disallowed them to march towards main Chowk and resorted to tear gas shells, triggering clashes in the area.
Meanwhile, a police official said that barring a few minor stone pelting incidents, the situation remained peaceful throughout the day.
“Minor stone pelting took place at one or two places during which no injury was reported,” he said. Meanwhile, a complete shutdown on the second consecutive day on Friday was observed in Shopian town to protest against the ‘disappearance’ of a local youth in police custody.
Zubair Ahmad son of Bashir Ahmad Turay, a popular local youth according to police escaped from Police Station Keegam on May 1. Zubair was last arrested in 2015 on stone pelting charges. He was slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA) and was lodged in different jails.
All shops and business establishments remain closed while as the vehicular movement was off the roads throughout the day.—RK