Clashes in Sopore,Pulwama after Friday prayers

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Srinagar: Clashes erupted between government forces and protesters in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district after Friday prayers.

Scores of youth assembled outside the Jamia Masjid area and started shouting pro-freedom slogans, said local sources.

Forces deployed in the area fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters who were throwing stones.

Clashes also erupted in Pulwama town when JKLF Chief Yasin Malik was detained after he attempted to lead a protest rally against the issuance of identity certificates to West Pakistan refugees.

Malik came out of the Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers to lead the protest rally, but police personnel deployed outside the mosque swooped on him as soon as he came out, said sources.

To prevent his arrest, people staged a strong protest, said an eyewitness.

Police fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes.

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