Police ‘Rescues’ Outsiders Who Tried To Hoist Tri-Color in Lal Chowk

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Files FIR against those who created ‘disturbances’ 

SRINAGAR — A bid by a group of outsiders to unfurl the tricolour at Lal Chowk, the political and commercial nerve centre of Kashmir capital on the eve of I-Day turned ugly with passersby objecting to the flag hoisting and trying to rough up the group, the police said today.

The trio caught in a spat with the local residents over their flag hoisting bid had to be rescued by the police.

As the group, apparently from outside Kashmir, sought to hoist the flag at the historic Clock Tower at Lal Chowk, the local people assembled there and began raising pro-freedom slogans to object to the flag-hoisting, reports said.

Sensing the aggressiveness of the crowd, three persons of the group fled the spot while the three others were caught in an argument with the local residents.

The police, however, intervened in time and before the three could be roughed up, the police whisked them away, said an official.

The three were later let off, the official said.

SDPO Kothi Bagh, Imran Farooq later said that the three non-local persons who tried to hoist the tricolour were not detained but were rescued from the spot. “We only rescued them and deported them back to their respective places,” he added.  

Police filed a case against locals who ‘intimidated and thrashed’ a non-local ‘political worker’.

Meanwhile, police issued a statement on Tuesday evening that read: “Today afternoon few persons came to Ghanta Ghar in connection with some political activity. Some miscreants assembled at the scene and created disturbances by criminally intimidating them.”

“Police Station Maisuma has taken cognizance by registering FIR No 27/2018 under section 341,506 and 323 RPC and investigation has been initiated in the instant matter.”  

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