Security forces on Friday scuttled a march in Srinagar by a group of youth carrying posters of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and messages like ‘Thank you, JNU’, leading to clashes near the historic Jamia Masjid. Soon after the Friday prayers at Kashmir’s main mosque, a group of youth, shouting pro-freedom slogans, tried to take out a march towards Nowhatta Chowk, police said. Some of the youth were carrying the flags of Pakistan and ISIS terror group as also the posters of Afzal Guru who was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013, police said.
A youth was also carrying a poster which read: ‘Thank You JNU’, the police added.
Security forces stopped the march, triggering clashes in Nowhatta area which spread to adjoining areas like Gojwara, and Saraf Kadal, they said.
The youth pelted stones on the forces who fired several tear-smoke canisters to disperse the protesters, police said. No one was injured in these clashes, they said. The stone-pelting clashes after Friday prayers have become a routine in Nowhatta over the past few months.