Police on Saturday foiled a protest demonstration in Nowhatta by imposing restrictions in Downtown Srinagar. This was fourth straight day of restrictions on the movement of people.
The authorities Wednesday imposed restrictions after a Nowhatta resident died in a gunfight with Army and police in Budgam district. Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sajad Ahmad Gilkar, who belonged to Pandan locality in Nowhatta, was among three militants who were killed in Tuesday's gunfight with Army and police in Radbug village of Budgam.
Eyewitness said that on Saturday morning, groups of youth took to streets and held protest demonstrations in Pandan and its adjoining areas. They said youth were chanting pro-freedom slogans. However, joint columns of police and paramilitary forces dispersed them by using force.
They said police and paramilitary forces burst tear smoke shells while as protestors pelted stones on them. The pitched battles continued for some time.
Later huge columns of police and paramilitary forces were deployed and Section 144 was imposed in the area to contain the situation. After the clashes, markets around historic Jamia Masjid was closed and area witnessed very thin public movement.
Superintendent of Police, North Srinagar, Sajad Ahmad Shah said that there were no restrictions. "Some youth in Pandan tried to disrupt the peace and their attempt was foiled."
After the killing of Sajad, police had imposed restrictions in the jurisdiction of police stations Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal. Internet services on mobile phones in Srinagar and Budgam were also shut as a "precautionary measure" only to be restored Friday evening.