Clashes in Jamia Masjid, Handwara
Srinagar: Clashes erupted near Jamia Masjid in old city on Friday when police did not allow peaceful protests Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani had asked people to hold against the government crackdown on people who wanted to offer funeral prayers to JKLF ideologue Amanullah Khan.
Scores of youth after congregational prayers assembled outside the Jamia Masjid and chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The police and paramilitary forces, who are always present on such occasions outside the mosque, swung into action to disperse the protesters.
The police then resorted to teargas shelling while the protesters threw stones. A few teargas canisters exploded near one of the four entry gates of the mosque, which drew sharp criticism from shopkeepers. The police, however, subdued the shopkeepers too with teargas shells.
Funeral prayers in absentia were, however, offered to Amanullah Khan across the Valley. Khan breathed his last on Tuesday in Rawalpindi.
Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik participated in the prayers that were offered at the Bund after Friday prayers. Many senior leaders, including Javed Ahmad Mir, attended the prayers. Similar prayers were offered at Gawkadal also.
At Kashmir University, scores of students assembled outside the varsity mosque and offered funeral prayers in absentia to the deceased leader.
The students also demonstrated against the government curbs on the prayers JKLF had planned at Lal Chowk on Wednesday.
Clashes in Handwara
In response to the call for protests given by Hurriyat (G) against the killing of five people by army and police recently in Kupwara, scores of people demonstrated in Handwara town on Friday, shouting anti-India and pro-Azadi protests.
The protesters threw stones at forces who responded with teargas shells.