Clashes erupted between protesters and government forces in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after Friday prayers. Witnesses said that forces resorted to teargas shells to break up a pro-freedom rally that was taken out from Eidgah Qadeem in old town Baramulla after joint Friday prayers.
They said that forces lobbed teargas shells on the rally from across the Jhelum river, triggering massive clashes. Reports of clashes were also received from Saloosa Kreeri and Palhallan areas of the district.
Meanwhile, clashes between the government forces and protesters erupted in Bandipora town of north Kashmir after Friday prayers. Local sources told Kashmir Post that scores of protesters raised pro-freedom and anti-sloganeering soon after the prayers at main chowk.
Police and forces swung into action and fired tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters who however pelted stones on them resulting in clashes. A peaceful march was however held at Ajas area of the district after people offered prayers at a single place.
Ten persons were injured in clashes that erupted after Friday prayers in Tahab village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Reports and witnesses said that youths pelted stones on forces which responded by firing teargas shells. Ten people were injured, they said. Meanwhile, a pro-freedom rally was organized in Kakapora area of the district.
Clashes erupted between government forces and protesters in Kangan area of Ganderbal district on Friday. Reports said some youth pelted stones on the govt forces deployed in the area.
Witnesses said that government forces used tear-smoke shells to disperse the protesters.
Shutdown called in Chenab valley tomorrow against RSS rallies
A shutdown has been called on Saturday to protest against the RSS rallies held in Kishtwar district and other sensitive areas of the Chenab Valley of Jammu and Kashmir.
The announcement was made by Imam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmad Kitchloo after a meeting of Majlis Shoura Committee.
While making the announcement after the congregational Friday prayers, Kitchloo appealed to all the shopkeepers and other business establishments besides schools and colleges to observe the shutdown.
Earlier, in his sermon, Kitchloo said that it was irresponsible on the part of the government and district administration for permitting the right-wing organisation to hold rallies in the sensitive areas of Chenab Valley, including Kishtwar.
“Muslims don’t fear of your rallies anymore,” he addressed the right-wing group. “We are only concerned about the peace and brotherhood in the Chenab Valley.”
He said that Chenab Valley is known for peace and brotherhood in the state. “… but such kind of rallies would destroy the peace and stability across the region.”
Friday prayers in Historic Jamia Masjid banned for 14 Consecutive Weeks
Mandatory Friday congregational prayers were once again banned in historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar. It was fourteenth consecutive week that the PDP-BJP coalition government did not allow faithful to offer the Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid in congregation.
Government has imposed restrictions in several police stations in Srinagar and huge deployment of police and CRPF men has been made across the summer capital and other parts of Valley in view of resistance leadership called march to Raj Bhawan.
“All the roads leading to Lal Chowk – residency Road side – have blocked with razor wires spread across the roads while police vans have been placed at major checkpoints in Srinagar,” eye witnesses said.
Since morning forces are not allowing anyone go towards historic Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar).
In its latest calendar issued on, the pro-freedom leaders have asked people to march towards Raj Bhawan to handover a letter, asking him to “vacate” Jammu & Kashmir ,further, people have been asked to offer mandatory Friday congregational prayers on Foreshore road. However, severe restrictions have been imposed to thwart any such march.
In Nowhatta, where the historic Jamia Masjid is located, residents said that they are not being allowed to move out of their homes.
It was on July 08 – when popular militant commander, Burhan Wani, was killed by forces in Bemdoora area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district – that the mandatory congregational Friday prayers were held in Jamia Masjid last time. Since then, police and CRPF men seal all entries to Jamia Masjid on Friday.