Sriagar: Clashes erupted between youth and government forces amid the visit of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and his daughter to the historic Old City in Srinagar on Tuesday. Witnesses said groups of youth clashed with armed local police and Indian paramilitary as chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and his daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, who is a lawmaker in the lower house of the Indian Parliament, visited Gani Stadium Library in Razay Kadal locality of the Old City.
Stone hurling clashes erupted at Nawuet Square and Gojwor as groups of youth, chanting anti-India and pro-freedom slogans hurled stones at the government forces who were deployed in strength to provide security. Forces fired tear smoke shells to disperse the protesters, witnesses added.
Officials told journalists that Mufti and Mehbooba visited Gani Memorial Library and a marriage hall in Nawuet along with other Peoples Democratic Party members. The marriage hall is located in the vicinity of Jamia, the largest Mosque in Kashmir where the region’s chief cleric and head of pro-freedom amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq delivers Friday sermon. Reports said some youths booed at Peoples Democratic Party president, Mehbooba, as she addressed people amid unprecedented security. The clashes died down as the chief minister left the venue after inaugurating the marriage hall in Nawuet– considered to be a bastion of anti-India resistance in the contested region.
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