Youth Took to the Street Protesting Police Encounters that Killed Two Innocent
SRINAGAR: Enraged protesters took to the streets after Friday prayers shouting slogans in favour of two rebels killed in an encounter by security forces.
Violent clashes erupted when youths marched pelting-stones at the law enforcement agencies, declaring that innocent members of their commune were killed in the name of militancy.
Police in retaliation lobbed teargar shells on them and shots of varied fire arms were heard, eye-witnessed reported such events in two places across Kashmir.
In Pulwama district, about 30 kms from here in south Kashmir, protests erupted immediately after the Friday prayers as a group of youth took out a protest march and shouted slogans in favour of two rebels killed in an encounter on Thursday, December 31.
They tried to march towards Nowhatta Chowk but were stopped by security forces, according to officials.
The protesters pelted stones at security personnel who retaliated by firing dozens of tear-gas shells to disperse them, officials said.
Police report suggest that some of the protesters displayed ISIS flags.
A shutdown was also observed in parts of the district on the second consecutive day to mourn the death of the two slain rebels, the officials said.
Clashes were also witnessed in Nowhatta area in old Srinagar after Friday prayers.
Multiple incidents of injured were reported by the crowd yet officials denied claiming that they witnessed no injuries in these clashes.
Over the last few months, stone-pelting and the resultant clashes have become a routine affair on Fridays at Nowhatta after the prayers.
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