Anantnag town shuts against ‘excesses’

A shutdown was observed in main town here on Saturday to protest the alleged ransacking of Hanfia Jamia Masjid and arrest of over a dozen youth and minors.
Anantnag town shuts against ‘excesses’
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A  shutdown was observed in main town here on Saturday to protest the alleged ransacking of Hanfia Jamia Masjid and arrest of over a dozen youth and minors.

Most of the shops and other business establishments in old town areas remained shut while movement of public transport was also affected. However, business continued normally in Khanabal-Pahalgam (KP) road localities of the town.

Massive clashes had erupted in Reshi Bazar, Sherbagh, Cheeni chowk, Janglat Mandi and Lal Chowk areas after weekly congregational prayers yesterday.

Locals had also alleged that forces barged inside the Jamia Masjid Hanfia and ransacked it while also arresting youth and minors who had taken shelter there.

Sources said that though the minors were released by police today, but most of the youth continue to be under detention.  The call for shutdown was also given by  Auqaf Committee Jamia Masjid.

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