Killings spark anti-India protests, clashes

Srinagar: Protests erupted in Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar on Tuesday over the killing of two teenagers by army at Chattergam.
Meraj Ahmad Dar and Burhan Yusuf of Nowgam were shot dead by the soldiers of Rashtriya Rifles on Monday evening. Apprehending widespread protests, police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed at the entry and exit points of Nowgam on Tuesday morning.
Eyewitnesses said as soon as the bodies of the slain youth were brought to the area on Tuesday morning, people came out on the roads and shouted anti-India, anti-army and pro-azadi slogans. As the protesters tried to march towards the Nowgam bypass, police fired teargas canisters.
“Since morning, clashes broke out in the area. Police fired dozens of teargas shells to disperse the protestors. The ding-dong clashes continued for the whole day,” said Sameer Ahmad, a resident of Nowgam, told Kashmir Reader.
In the Old City, police had imposed restrictions to prevent Shia Muslims from taking out processions to mark Ashura, the 10th day of the Muharram, to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA).
Public transport was off the roads while main commercial markets including Lal Chowk remained closed for business activities. Police in riot gears were deployed in several parts of the city.
Reports said clashes also broke out between youth and forces in Habba Kadal. Police resorted to teargas and pepper shelling to disperse the stone-throwing youth.
A police spokesman said that except for stone pelting at Nowgam, the situation remained normal in the city. “Nobody was injured in the clashes and situation remained peaceful,” the police said.