Srinagar: Amid a spontaneous shutdown, protests erupted in Ellahi Bagh on Sunday after pages of the Quran were strewn on the road in the area last night allegedly by some vehicle-borne persons.
Shops were shut while traffic was off the roads in the area. Early morning, protestors hit the roads, blocked the road with wooden logs and burnt tryes against the act. They were demanding investigations into the incident. In the afternoon, clashes erupted between youth and police.
According to Sajad Ahmad, president of local Masjid housing colony Ellahi Bagh, some vehicle-borne persons threw torn pages of the Quran on the main road near power receiving station at Rangpur Stop at about 9pm last night.
“Before the incident, there was power shutdown in the area and miscreants did this despicable act taking cover of the dark,” said Sajad.
He said as soon as the pages were spotted, people came out on roads and protested till late in the night.
“Police also collected the pages for investigations. But we want culprits behind it should be exposed,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Many people Kashmir Reader talked with in the area blamed the government for the act because power was turned off in the area before the incident happened.
“It’s an attack on our religion. We are peacefully demonstrating against the act but it seems the act is deliberate to hurt the religious sentiments of people here,” a protestor said.
Deputy commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone said the police have lodged an FIR and investigations have been taken up in the case.
Senior superintendent of police (city) Amit Kumar said the police will look for clues in the CCTV footage of the area.
“Police talked with responsible citizens of the area soon after the incident last night. People cooperated and recorded their statements. But the investigations got hampered after youth pelted with stones on police but we maintained restraint and defused the situation,” Kumar told Kashmir Reader.