May 13, 2021

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Intense clashes erupted in Anantnag, Sopore, Downtown Srinagar; Class work to remain suspended for tomorrow

Clashes erupt in Anantnag in south Kashmir

Intense clashes erupted in Anantnag town in south Kashmir on Friday against the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and his associate in a gunfight last weekend.
Witnesses said that youth pelted stones on government forces deployed in old town localities of Reshi Bazar and Lal Chowk to express their anger at the killings.
Forces, they said, responded by firing tear gas shells. Clashes were going on at the time of filing of this report.

Youth clash with forces in Sopore to protest killing of two Hizb militants
Clashes erupted in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Friday after youth took out a protest rally against the killing of two militants in an encounter with government forces yesterday.
Witnesses said that scores of youth assembled near Markazi Jamia Masjid Sopore soon after Friday prayers and began shouting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
They were protesting the killing of two militants – both residents of Sopore – in an encounter with forces at Nathipora village. Stone pelting protests erupted in the area after forces resorted to tear gas shelling to prevent the youth from marching ahead.

Protesters clash with forces in downtown Srinagar
Clashes broke out between protesters and government forces in downtown Srinagar after Friday prayers. A group of youth started shouting pro-freedom slogans at Nowhatta after Friday prayers ended at the historic Jamia Masjid.
Police and paramilitary forces deployed in the area used batons and lobbed tear smoke shells to disperse them, leading to clashes between the two sides, a police official said. He said the protesters pelted stones at the forces.

No class work in colleges, Higher Secondary Schools tomorrow in Srinagar: DC
The district administration in Srinagar on Friday extended the suspension of class work in all Degree Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools (HSS) until tomorrow (Saturday).
“Teaching activity will remain suspended in Degree colleges and Higher Secondary Schools of district Srinagar on June 3,” said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Lone.
The schools and colleges have mostly remained shut this week due to tension over the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat in an encounter with government forces past weekend in Tral region of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.