Clashes in city after Friday prayers

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Srinagar: Security forces today burst teargas shells to disperse protestors after Friday prayers in downtown Srinagar and Sopore in Baramulla district.

 Trouble started immediately after Friday prayers were over in historic Jamia Masjid, where hundreds of protestors took to the streets outside the mosque to protest against the death of eight civilians in clashes during Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency on April 9.

Shouting slogans, the agitators tried to march towards the main Nowhatta Chowk.

However, security forces deployed in the area swung into action and stopped the demonstrators from moving ahead. As they didn’t back down, security forces burst a teargas shell to disperse the agitators, who were regrouping and pelting stones.

Meanwhile, massive clashes also erupted after Friday prayers were over at Jamia Masjid in Sopore. Shouting ‘anti-forces’ slogans, hundreds of protestors took to the streets outside Jamia Masjid in Sopore after Friday prayers against the civilian killings.

 But, when they tried to take out a protest march, security forces burst teargas shells to disperse them, who were pelting stones.

Eight youth were killed and over 50 were injured in security force and police action on anti-election protestors during bypolls in Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency on April 9. Around 100 security force personnel were also injured in the clashes which marred the bypoll that witnessed only 7.14 per cent voter turnout.

 

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