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Clashes reported in few pockets of Kashmir

The separatist camp had called for protests after Friday prayers against what it called "state terrorism".

By: PTI | Srinagar | May 5, 2017 9:37:55 pm
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Clashes between stone-pelters and security forces were reported on Friday from an area in old Srinagar city and Sopore township of north Kashmir but there was no casualties, officials said. Groups of youth indulged in stone-pelting on police and paramilitary personnel outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar after the Friday prayers, the officials said. They said police and paramilitary personnel used teargas shells and batons to disperse the protesters.

The separatist camp comprising chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for protests after Friday prayers against what it called “state terrorism”.

Sopore township of north Kashmir also witnessed intense clashes between stone-pelters and security forces before and after Friday prayers.

In Bomai area of Sopore, students of government higher secondary school boycotted their classes in the morning and staged a protest against the arrest of students during the ongoing agitation.

Clashes ensued, during which police was targeted in the main town after Friday prayers, the officials said.

They said police fired dozens of teargas shells and used batons to disperse the stone-pelting protesters to restore order.

Barring these few incidents of stone-pelting, the officials said overall situation in the valley remained by and large peaceful.

A police raid on government degree college Pulwama on April 15 triggered widespread protests by students across Kashmir on April 17 which have been going on intermittently since then, prompting authorities to suspend class work in the higher educational institutions for over a week last month as a precautionary measure.

The students are agitating over the alleged highhandedness of police and are demanding action against the erring personnel for roughing up students.

A number of students were arrested during clashes in Srinagar and elsewhere in the valley.

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