Kashmir unrest: Separatists lash out against NIA raids, stone-pelters clash with police again

Srinagar: Clashes between stone-pelters and security forces were reported from a number of places in Kashmir where normal life was disrupted due to a strike called by the separatists and restrictions imposed by the government.

File image of unrest in Kashmir. PTI

File image of unrest in Kashmir. PTI

The separatists had given a call for the strike and peaceful protests against the killing of a youth during a clash between stone-pelters and security personnel in Shopian district of south Kashmir on Tuesday.

The strike and the protests had been called also against recent raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Valley.

Schools and colleges were closed across Kashmir as were business establishments and shops in many places, officials said.

Authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar and in Shopian town to maintain law and order.

Even the Friday prayer was not allowed at the Jamia Masjid where the Mirwaiz of Kashmir and moderate Hurriyat Chairman Umar Farooq delivers the weekly sermons.

The area around the Jamia Masjid was sealed by the authorities in view of the call for protests by the separatists, the officials said.

Mirwaiz was placed under house arrest at his Nigeen residence in Srinagar last evening.

Despite the restrictions, clashes took place in Sarai Bala and Soura areas of Srinagar district, Hajin in Bandipora district, Anantnag and Pulwama townships in south Kashmir and Sopore town of north Kashmir after Friday prayers, the officials said.

There was no report of any casualty, they said.

In Sarai Bala, the clash between stone-pelters and security forces took place after JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was detained when he tried to lead a protest march against the killing of Adil Farooq Magray.

Malik was taken into custody by the police soon after he came out of a shrine after Friday prayers, officials said.

After whisking away Malik, the police fired a few teargas shells to disperse the gathering, some of whom resorted to stone-pelting, resulting in brief clashes between the two sides, the officials said.

Clashes were also reported from Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar, Hajin in Bandipora district, Anantnag and Pulwama townships in south Kashmir and Sopore town of north Kashmir after Friday prayers, the officials said.


Published Date: Jun 09, 2017 07:06 pm | Updated Date: Jun 09, 2017 07:13 pm


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