Overnight Clashes Rock Old City on Shab-e-Qadr

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Srinagar: Panic gripped Nowhatta and Khanyar localities after night battles erupted there between youth and police during Shab-e-Qadr. 

Scores of youth appeared in front of police station Nowhatta and attacked it with stones late Monday night. 

Police used tear smoke shells and pallet guns to disperse the youth. Youth also resorted to stone-pelting in Khanyar area of Srinagar when people were busy offering prayers.

Superintendent of Police City North Tahir Saleem said that youth attacked police station Nowhatta and continuously pelted stones on police and CRPF personnel for 4 hours. “We have not arrested anyone so far. The protestors were dispersed finally and there is calm in the area now,” he said.

Eyewitnesses said that around 11 PM scores of youth attacked the Nowhatta Police station with stones. Police, they said, responded with pallet guns and intercepted the youth in small alleys, triggering violent clashes.

On the eve of Shab-e-Qadr, large contingent of police and CRPF personnel were deployed in and around Nowhatta area. However, youth emerged from lanes of the densely populated area and attacked police.

An eyewitness said that police and CRPF personnel used pellet guns and deployed police men in civvies to arrest the protesting youth.

During the clashes, an unspecified number of protestors and policemen received injuries. “The clashes triggered chaos in the area.

Police fired teargas shells to quell the protests. The clashes continued from 11 PM to 3 AM,” an eyewitness said.

A police official said these youth had come over from different places of the city and process has been started to identify them.

Meanwhile, youth also pelted stones on CRPF and policemen in Khanyar area who were deployed there in wake of Shab-i-Qadr. However, police charged the protestors with canes and dispersed them. (CNS)

 

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