Srinagar: Clashes with government troops broke out in Nowhatta near the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and also near the Jamia mosques in Sopore and Hajin area of Bandipore after Friday congregational prayers.
Hundreds of youth assembled outside the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta after the Friday prayers and raised slogans of protest against the government and in favour of Azadi. Clashes broke out after troops deployed outside the mosque fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters.
“Youth pelted troops with stones and the clashes continued for hours together,” said an eyewitness.
Witnesses said that youth raised pro-freedom and anti-India slogans, while a few protesters were also seen waving the Pakistan flag. A couple of youth were injured after hit by marbles shot by troops using slings, witnesses said.
Clashes erupted between government forces and protesters in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Soon after Friday prayers, a group of youth assembled outside the Markazi Jamia Masjid and held protests. As the youth attempted to march towards the main chowk, troops deployed there in large numbers intercepted them, leading to stone-pelting and firing of teargas shells. The clashes went on till late afternoon. No injury has been reported.
Youth also clashed with government forces in Hajin town of Bandipora after Friday prayers. After the prayers culminated, youths in large number assembled outside the Jamia Masjid at Hajin and raised pro-freedom slogans. Witnesses said that the youth marched towards the main market, pelting government troops with stones. The troops resorted to teargas shelling near the Army Goodwill School in Hajin to disperse the youth. After being pushed back by the shelling, the youth again reassembled and fought pitched battles on the street with the government troops in the area.