Srinagar: People in capital city offered Nimaz-i-Jinazah in absentia after Friday prayers for Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Qasim who was killed in a brief gunfight with government forces in Khandeypora hamlet of South Kashmirs Kulgam district.
Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of people shortly after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar offered funeral prayers for Abdul Rehman alias Abu Qasim. Shortly after the prayers in absentia, scores of youth staged anti-RSS protests and torched the flag of the organization.
Protesters also resorted to stone-pelting forcing government forces to fire tear-smoke shells. The clashes between protesters and government forces disrupted normal life in areas surrounding the Grand Mosque.
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