Saturday, August 27, 2011
Clashes after Friday prayers
Srinagar, August 26, 2011: Violent clashes broke out in Nowhatta soon after the Friday prayers were over at the historic Jamia Masjid.
Eyewitnesses said raising pro-freedom slogans, hundreds of youth attempted to take out a peaceful procession. However the police and CRPF, deployed in strength, swung into action to disperse the crowd. Witnesses said, the police cane-charged the protesters and fired numerous tear smoke canisters to disperse them.
As a result of the use of force, eyewitnesses said, the protesters got enraged and they divided themselves into different batches and started hurling stones on the cops.
The intense pitched battle continued till late afternoon.
“The cops caught hold of a boy and thrashed him to pulp,” eyewitnesses said. (GKNN)