Published On: Sat, Feb 20th, 2016
Published in Category: District News

Indian forces scuttle Kashmiris march, several hurt

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Srinagar: Several Kashmiris wounded as Indian security forces on Friday scuttled a march here by a group of youth carrying posters of 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, Indian police said.

Some of the youth were carrying the flags of Pakistan 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.

Indian occupier 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.

Several Kashmiri injured in these clashes, local media reported.