Clashes erupt in Srinagar; 20 injured including photojournalist Ahmer Khan

Clashes erupt in Srinagar; 20 injured including photojournalist Ahmer Khan

By News Desk –

25 May 2018

Clashes erupted between government forces and protesters in Nowhatta and Anantnag areas of Kashmir valley soon after congregational Friday prayers were over.

Twenty civilians and a photojournalist were injured in Nowhatta when violent clashes rocked the area. Twenty civilians received different kinds of after police resorted to the pellets and tear smoke shelling to disperse angry protesters who attacked them with stones. A photojournalist Ahmer Khan also received a foot injury.

Eyewitnesses said soon after congregation Friday prayers were over hundreds of youth came out of the historical Jamia Masjid and attacked government forces with stones who responded firing pellet and tear smoke shells inside the vicinity of the Jamia Masjid market. “Two boys received facial injuries due to pellets,” an eyewitness said adding that there is a possibility that some more people might be injured.

Witnesses said these are announcements going on to stop stone pelting so that the injured people can be taken to hospital for immediate treatment. “There are announcements going on to stop stone pelting so that the injured people can be taken to the hospital,” the eyewitness said.

Men, women and children were seen running towards safer place aimed at intense stone pelting and tear smoke shelling.

Clashes were also reported from Anantnag district of south Kashmir. Reports reaching to Srinagar said that youth threw stones on government forces deployed around the grand mosque of the district and shouted pro-freedom slogans, triggering clashes. Reports said police resorted to the pellet and tear smoke shelling.