Sporadic Clashes In Bandipore

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SRINAGAR: Hundreds of people held pro-freedom and anti-India protests at various places in north Kashmir’s Bandipore district after Friday congregational prayers.

Witnesses said soon after Friday prayers, hundreds of people took to roads in Hajan and shouted pro-freedom slogans. The people were also shouting slogans against government forces.

“Hundreds of people started a march from Jamia Masjid,” one of the locals said over phone.

However, soon after protests, youth clashed with government forces deployed in the area. The forces resorted to teargas shelling which created panic in the area.

The clashes continued for about half-an-hour, witnesses said, adding: most of the shops in the area were shut after clashes.

At Naidkhai – where a teenager, Farhat Ahmad Dar, was shot dead by police during clashes  last Friday– protests and clashes took place after Friday prayers.

“Soon after Friday prayers, hundreds of people held pro-freedom and anti-India protests. Many of the protesters went to Shahgund – the native village of Farhat – to console his family,” Me’raj-ud-Din, a local, said.

However, the clashes again broke-out between government forces and youth late in the afternoon which continued till evening, witnesses said.

Protests also broke out at Shahgund Sadarkote and Vijpara areas of the district. The protesters were shouting pro-freedom slogans and demanding stern punishment against Farhat’s killers. 

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