Massive clashes at Jamia on first Friday of Ramadan

Massive clashes at Jamia on first Friday of Ramadan

Four youths injured by pellets in eye operated on at SMHS

Srinagar: Massive clashes broke out after congregational prayers on the first Friday of Ramadan at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid, leaving many civilians injured.
Around noon, dozens of government forces and their armoured vehicles were deployed at every nook and corner in the adjoining areas of the masjid, virtually sealing the area.
After the prayers were over, scores of youth carrying the Pakistan flag emerged from the premises of Jamia Masjid and started protesting. The protests led to stone-pelting and clashes with police and CRPF troops, who responded with teargas shells and pellets.
The rattling sound of shells and pellet firing caused panic among shopkeepers and commuters, who were seen rushing to safety. Many shopkeepers shuttered their shops and stayed indoors.
At the entrance of the Jamia, a large number of policemen and CRPF soldiers wearing helmets and protective gear were armed with pellet guns and assault rifles. They hid behind walls as stones rained from the premises of the mosque.
As word about the injuries to protestors spread, masked youth clashed with forces that were deployed at the entrance of the Gojwara neighbourhood. This also triggered shopkeepers to flee and close their shops while transport quickly thinned on roads.
Medical Superintendent of SMHS Hospital, Dr Nazir Ahmad Choudhary, said that four youths injured by pellets in the eye were received at the hospital on Friday. “All of them are stable,” Dr Choudhary said.
“All of them have unilateral pellet injury in eye and they are being operated on. We will decide about their further treatment tomorrow,” he said.