Protests, Clashes erupted at many places across Valley

Protests and clashes between people and forces were reported from different parts of Kashmir Valley on Friday.
The Joint Hurriyat Camp had called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers against the slapping of PSA on Aasiya Andrabi, her aide Sofi Fahmeeda and to press for release of political detainees.
Aasiya and Fahmeeda were booked under the public safety act (PSA) on Monday and have been shifted to Amphalla Jail in Jammu.
Dukhtaran-e-Milat in a statement termed the slapping of PSA on the duo and shifting them to Jammu Jail, a conspiracy to “kill ailing Asiya”.
Reports said that joint Hurriyat leadership staged a peaceful protest in Maisuma Srinagar. The protesters were carrying placards and banners condemning the “random arrests and killing of people”. The protest march later dispersed peacefully.
Clashes were reported from Nowhatta area of old Srinagar city where youth pelted stones and waved flags and posters of militants. Government forces lobbed tear-smoke shells to disperse the rock hurling protesters. The clashes disrupted normal life in the area. Witnesses said that a youth was arrested during these clashes.
Clashes also erupted between government forces and protesters in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after congregational Friday prayers.
Earlier, protests were held against the detention of students and other youth.
Scores of youth had assembled near Markazi Jamia Masjid and tried to march towards the town.
The forces lobbed teargas shells to disperse them. This triggered minor clashes in the area.
Reports from North Kashmir’s Pattan town said that scores of women hit to road and staged a protest after Friday prayers demanding the release of ailing Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Aasiya Andrabi and her personal secretary Sofi Fahmeeda.
The protesters raised anti-India slogans and demanded the release of the duo.
“She has been slapped with PSA without any reason and her health condition is deteriorating in the jail as she is already ill,” said a protester to reporters.
Clashes were reported Friday morning from Kralpora, Kupwara when students of higher secondary school came out of their school and started a staged a protest at Main Chowk Kralpora.
Reports said that students protested and when police reached the spot, it led to clash between police and the students.
According to the locals of the area clashes have now triggered the complete shutdown in the area. An eyewitness said, “However students of the higher secondary school went back to their school but the area is witnessing a complete shutdown.”
Station House Officer Kralpora said situation was normal in the area till the students came out and started stone pelting on the police party, which was on their routine duty.
Clashes also erupted after Friday prayers between youth and forces in Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district and Pulwama district of south Kashmir.
Reports said that soon after culmination of Friday prayers youth marched towards Main Chowk from Jamia Masjid Hajin and hurled stones at the forces deployed there.
Witnesses said that the forces responded by firing tear smoke shells, triggering clashes.
Clashes also erupted in Anantnag town in south Kashmir on Friday, triggering shutdown in several localities.
Youth took to streets and pelted stones at forces in Lal Chowk and Old Town areas.
Forces responded by firing teargas shells, triggering clashes and chaos in the town.
Clashes also erupted in Pulwama town after youth hurled stones on forces. Reports said that youth pelted stones in Muran Chowk and Rajpora Chowk prompting police to lob PAVA and tear smoke shells.