Protests, clashes erupt after Friday prayers

Protests, clashes erupt after Friday prayers

Srinagar: Reports of protests and clashes between government forces and protesters after Friday prayers have reached from Srinagar, Bijbehara, Pulwama, Palhalan Tral and Sopore.
Protesters assembled at Maisuma in Srinagar after prayers and started raising pro-freedom slogans. They started marching however were stopped by forces triggering to clashes. Forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
In the south Kashmir town of Bijbehara, police also fired tear smoke shells to disperse protesters who started raising pro-freedom slogans. They also pelted stones on forces. Clashes in the town were going on when reports last came in.
Reports of protests and clashes have also come from Tral and Sopore.
Sources said that protests were also held at Prichoo area of Pulwama in south Kashmir. Locals alleged that forces damaged dozens of vehicles in the area.
Intense clashes also erupted in Palhalan area of Pattan after Friday prayers. Local sources said that slogan raising protesters tried to march towards the highway but were stopped by heavily deployed forces. The protesters pelted stones on them triggering intense clashes.
Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for protests after prayers against the recent Chadoora killings.
Three unarmed youths were killed by forces on Tuesday in central Kashmir’s Chadoora area after hundreds of people held strong protests to help escape a militant from the force’s cordon. The militant was also killed after a daylong gun battle.

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