Dozens injured in Downtown Srinagar clashes

An eye witness said that people took out a rally soon after the culmination of congregational weekly prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta Srinagar.

GK Web Desk
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 25 2018 3:04PM | Updated Date: May 25 2018 7:30PM
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Massive clashes between youth and the government forces erupted in Downtown Srinagar after Friday prayers, leaving dozens injured.

An eye witness said that people took out a rally soon after the culmination of congregational weekly prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta Srinagar.

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the gathering at the mosque.

However, forces deployed in the area fired tear gas and pellets to foil the protest, triggering further clashes.

Police version

Today was the 2nd Friday of the holy month of Ramadhan & police personnel were deployed in the area to facilitate the worshipers & prevent any untoward incident in the area.

As soon as the Friday prayers concluded a huge gathering of youth started bradishing anti-national flags /banners & started heavy stone pelting on SFs who were deployed away from the Jamia Masjid near Nowhatta Chowk. 

During stone pelting, dozens of CRPF/police personnel including SDPO Khanyar, SHO Nowhatta got injured. One of the CRPF personnel namely HC JD Gurcharan Singh F/28 suffered grievous head injury.

Then miscreants about 700 to 800 in number assembled near the main gate of Jamia masjid & again started heavy stone pelting on the SFs.

However, SFs showed utmost restrain & some munition was used to disperse the miscreants & hence minimal  force was used to control the situation.

In this connection, FIR No 16/2018 p/s Nowhatta u/s 147, 148, 152, 307, 427 RPC has been registered and investigation taken up.

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