BANDIPORE: Hundreds of faithful offered Zuhr Namaz in open, as a mark of protest, on Thursday in North Kashmir’s Bandipore.
Eyewitnesses said that hundreds of people assembled in Kaloosa area of the district before making rows for mid-day prayers. “The long stretch of main road was full,” a local, who is a teacher, said, “one could not see from one end to another.”
The locals said that lanes and by-lanes were filled with people and Zuhr prayers were offered.
“After Namaz was over, people condemned the civilian killings amid pro-freedom slogans,” the local said, “people dispersed off peacefully but we are again meeting at Asr prayers which too will be offered in open.”
After Streets, It Is ‘Fight for Airwaves’ in Tral
With army, CRPF and police on one side and protestors on the other side, Tral, the hometown of popular militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, is resounding with “pro-India and pro-Pakistan” songs and anthems since Thursday afternoon.
“Army is playing pro-India songs on speakers installed atop tall towers placed inside their garrison,” said a local who lives half-a-mile away.
As per reports, the main garrison in Tral, which is located on now barricaded Shikargah road, first played: Ae mere watan ke logo zara yaad karo kurbaani (Oh countrymen, remember the sacrifices), and then: Chak de India (a famous Bollywood number), on the loudspeakers “annoying” locals.
Within no time loudspeakers in Masjids around the garrison “came to life” with Pakistani national anthem.
“Then in perfect coherence, every Masjid began playing Chyun Burhan, Myun Burhan (Your Burhan, My Burhan!).
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