Srinagar: Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) in Lal Chowk Srinagar when people roughed up three non-locals who were trying to unfurl the tricolour there on Tuesday, which was also Pakistan’s Independence Day.
Raising pro-Pakistan and pro-freedom slogans, several people, mostly youths, caught hold of the three persons who were trying to hoist the Indian flag in the city centre. According to witnesses, three non-local youths appeared near the Clock Tower in the afternoon and tried to hoist the tricolour, an act that immediately caught the attention of people in the area.
“When people spotted the youths with the Indian flag, they rushed to intervene and started beating the three youths, all of whom were non-locals. Soon, police reached the spot and rescued the three youths. Police took them to Kothibagh police station,” shopkeepers in the area said.
They said that people raised pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans while the non-local youths were being beaten. Slogans were also raised in favour of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind militant Zakir Musa.
Police station Kothibagh confirmed the incident while talking to Kashmir Reader. Police said that all three youths were from Delhi and were rescued by the police after they were soundly beaten.
“We rescued three persons from Delhi who were severely beaten up. We have sent all three for medical check-up,” said SDPO Kothi Bagh.
Locals expressed anger over the incident and said that outsiders were trying to disrupt the peace in Kashmir.
“This is not the first time such mischievous elements have attempted to create trouble in Kashmir. They are constantly trying to disrupt peace in the valley,” a group of agitated locals said.
Police in the evening issued a statement regarding the incident, saying they have registered an FIR in this regard. “Today afternoon (a) few persons came to Ghanta Ghar in connection with some political activity and some miscreants assembled at the scene and created disturbances by criminally intimidating them,” the police statement said.
“Police Station Maisuma has taken cognizance by registering FIR No 27/18 U/S 341,506 and 323 RPC and investigation has been initiated in the instant matter,” the statement read.