Local sources told Rising Kashmir that many villages had announced a ‘freedom rally’ at Ganawpora, village of Shopian however army and police personnel reached the venue early morning and set ablaze the Shamyana erected for the purpose.
They said that dice was also vandalised and forces left the spot taking an electric generator meant for sound system with them.
This, sources said, angered the locals who started pelting stones on forces.
Government forces used tear smoke shells and pellets to disperse the protesters leaving at least twenty persons injured.
They said that after dispersing, hundreds of people re-assembled in the village and hold mid-day prayers at a selected place however government forces again arrived resulting in fresh clashes.
On the other hand, Indian forces fired tear gas shells to disperse protestors in North Kashmir’s town Sopore on Monday.
Reports said that hundreds of people assembled after mid-day prayers and started raising pro-freedom slogans however government forces swung into action and fired tear smoke shells on them.
The protesters resorted to stone pelting resulting in clashes in the areas.