Protests erupted in Nowgam near Saalia village of Aishmuqam after police and paramilitary forces vandalized the venue of a proposed pro-freedom rally and smashed the windowpanes of several residential houses and a local gurdawara on Monday.
Sikhs and Muslims jointly organized the protests and shouted slogans against the police and paramilitary forces.
Surendar Singh, Secretary of the local Gurdawara Prabhandan Committee, said the forces desecrated the local gurdawara by smashing its windowpanes and lobbed teargas shells on people in the village.
Earlier, the forces ransacked the venue of the Unity Conference being held in the village.
However, people have regrouped themselves at several places despite the restrictions and are marching towards the venue.