Protests against Kathua attack on Muslims mark Friday

Srinagar: Protests, some of which morphed into stone pelting clashes, erupted at a few places in the valley on Friday against an assault on Muslims allegedly by RSS men in Kathua district of Jammu region on Monday.
The joint resistance leadership had appealed to the people to protest against the attack on Friday and thereby express solidarity with Jammu Muslims.
The leaders had termed the attack as “vandalism and highhandedness of fascist forces in Jammu.”
Protests were held in a few areas of old city, Batamaloo, Baramulla and Sopore.
In Jammu, people held a peaceful protest outside the Press Club and demanded immediate action against culprits involved in Kuthua attack.
In north Kashmir’s Sopore area, clashes broke out between protestors and the government forces. Police later fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters.
Following the Friday prayers, protestors braving intense cold assembled near historic Jamia Masjid, Sopore, and shouted pro-freedom slogans.
The government forces who were already present on the spot stopped the protesters from proceeding ahead, triggering a stone-pelting clash. The police and paramilitary troopers fired teargas canisters and sound grenades.
At Nowhatta, protesters set ablaze J&K Bank Calendar, which features “achievers” in sports, administration and other fields.
A masked protester, who calls himself Abid, said, “The calendar should have pictures of pellet victims and the people who lost their lives during (last year’s) uprising.”
The protesters also burnt posters and banners having pictures of Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian president Bashar Hafez al-Assad.