Clashes Friday Prayers in Old City, Scores Held

Srinagar: Clashes erupted at many places between protesters and government forces after Friday prayers against the killing of Gowhar Nazir who was shot dead by 44 Battalion of Para-military Central Reserve Police Force on November 7.
Chairperson Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani had called for peaceful protest demonstrations after the Friday prayers everywhere in the state on 13 November against the killing of Gowhar Nazir.
Peaceful protests were organized in many parts including Bandipora where funeral prayers in absentia were offered in favour of the deceased youth. However, in certain parts of old Srinagar city and Zainakote protests turn violent while police used tear-smoke shells to disperse agitated youth who amid pro-freedom slogans attacked government forces with stones.Eyewitnesses said that immediately after Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid Srinagar, a large number of youths took to the streets and held protest demonstration shouting slogans. When the protesters reached at the main gate of the Jamia Masjid, close to Nowhatta Chowk, policemen who were deployed there didn’t allow them to proceed ahead. The protesters resorted to stone-pelting as a result traffic and other business activities were affected in the area. Stone-pelting incidents were also reported from Saraf Kadal and Gojwara area of the city.
Reports said that many people were injured in Zainakot during the hours long clashes that broke out between the protesters and government forces.

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