Protests, clashes rock city after Friday prayers

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Srinagar: Protests were staged in many areas of the capital soon after Friday prayers against awarding of Major Gogoi who tied a Kashmiri civilian to jeep in Budgam district last month, triggering outrage across the Kashmir and abroad.

The resistance leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik had called for protests after Friday prayers against rewarding the ‘erring officer’ who is accused of using a man identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar in Budgam as ‘human shield’.

The resistance leaders including Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Raja Meraj u Din Kalwal, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Sheikh Ab Rashid, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder and others staged a protest at Maisuma here after Friday prayers. They said that Major Gogoi has surpassed all limits and humiliated and terrorized Farooq Ahmad Dar.

The protests were also held at Jama Masjid in Nowhatta area after Friday prayers. Groups of people took to streets and staged protests.

 According to witnesses, the youth pelted stones on forces deployed at the Jama Masjid gate.

The forces resorted to teargas shelling and pellet firing in which two youth identified as Umer Ahmad of Khanyar and Asif Ahmad of Lal Bazar were injured. Both were hospitalized with pellet injuries. The intermittent clashes in the area continued for several hours. The clashes also erupted at Sopore town of north Kashmir.

Scores of youth took to streets after Friday prayers and resorted to heavy stone-pelting on government forces, ensuing clashes.

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