An unidentified body was fished out from river Jhelum on Saturday evening triggering protest at Lal Chowk. The body was fished out near Hanuman Mandir near bund by three local youth.
"His face was de-shaped because he has remained in water for about 2-3 days," they said.
As soon as the body was fished out, hundreds of people despite undeclared curfew in the area assembled and brought the body to Lal Chowk. Amid pro-freedom slogans, large number of people assembled near Paladium Cinema and offered funeral prayers.
The people, including large number of women and children, carried the body on shoulders and tried to march towards Eidgah. Some people claimed that the body bore pellet injuries, causing tension in the area people performed Namaz-e-Jinazah at the business centre.
On getting information about the body, a police party rushed to the scene, fired a few teargas shells and removed it for identification and autopsy, the officials said.
As the news spread, the shopkeepers in nearby Lal Chowk and adjoining areas also pulled down the shutters.
Officials said reinforcements was rushed to maintain law and order.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Central Kashmir, Ghulam Hassan Bhat said that they have started inquest proceedings under 174 CrPC. "We have sent the body for postmortem," Bhat told Greater Kashmir. He said the body was yet to be identified.
Police on Saturday evening issued a statement saying the body fished out from Jhelum on Saturday appears to be of a non-local non-Muslim person. "Anybody having any information about the deceased may please contact Police Station Shaheed Gunj on 9596770862, 9596770746 or Police Control Room on Dial 100," a police spokesman said.