Srinagar(Web desk): Thousands of people staged anti-India and pro-Pakistan demonstrations and hoisted Pakistani flags in Srinagar, Islamabad, Kulgam, Pampore, Pulwama, Sopore, Kishtwar and other parts of the territory, today.
Six people including a senior police officer were injured in clashes between protesters and security personnel that broke out today after Eid prayers in the Kashmir Valley.
Immediately after Eid prayers thousands of people staged anti-India and pro-freedom demonstrations in Srinagar, Islamabad, Sopore, Baramulla, Pattan, Bandipore, Kangan, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Budgam, Kupwara, Kishtwar and other areas of the territory. The protest call after Eid prayers was given by APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Front Mohammad Yasin Malik.
The protesters shouted high-pitched slogans, Jeevee-Jeevee Pakistan, Teeree Jaan mare Jaan Pakistan, We want freedom and hoisted Pakistani national flags in Srinagar, Islamabad, Kulgam, Pampore, Pulwama, Sopore, Budgam, Kangan Kishtwar and other areas. The protesters demanded that Indian troops should leave Jammu and Kashmir without any further delay.
Dozens of people including media men were critically injured after Indian police personnel fired teargas shells and resorted to baton charge on protesters at Eidgah, Nowhatta, Hyderpora, Sopore, Baramulla, Pattan, Kangan, Islamabad, Pulwama areas. The clashes between Indian police and protesters were going on till last reports came in.
Indian paramilitary forces also lobbed tear gas shells on Nimazis at Eidgah during Eid prayers in Srinagar.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar and Muhammad Yasin Malik, talking to the media in Srinagar, today, denouncing the curbs by the authorities on Eid-ul-Fitr have called upon the international community and world human rights organizations to play their role in the early settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
According to NDTV report, additional Superintendent of Police Mubashir Bukhari was injured as protesters threw stones in Janglat Mandi in Anantnag district, a police official said.
A constable was injured during clashes with protesters at Hyderpora Chowk in the outskirts of Srinagar, the official said.
Four people including a photojournalist with a local magazine were injured in clashes at Safakadal near Eidgah in Srinagar as security personnel fired pellet guns and teargas shells to disperse the stone-pelting crowd, the official said.
All the injured have been admitted to nearby SMHS hospital, he added.
The situation in rest of the Valley is stated to be normal, the official said.
Authorities had placed top separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik under house arrest, fearing their presence at large Eid gatherings could spark violence, he said.
SOPORE: After the Eid prayers were over, a group of slogan-shouting youth assembled in the main square and engaged cops in a brick-bating incident. Police used force and opened pellet guns too.
Reports said that the youth shouting pro-Azaadi slogans attacked cops and paramilitary men who were deployed around. They threw stones on them and in retaliation, police burst a series of tear-smoke shells. As it failed to control the small group of youth, police said, they did use pellets.
A couple of youth have received pellet injuries and were evacuated to the hospitals. Police confirmed that they have not been able to arrest any of the stone pelters but they have recorded evidences against them. “We have identified most of them,” a police official said.