Massive clashes erupt in South Kashmir on Friday, Indian forces pellet-firing injure 5 civilians

Massive clashes erupted in Rohmoo area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday afternoon after residents tried to offer prayers in Mosques, however, authorities prevented them from doing so.

Locals told news agency–Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that after authorities didn’t allow locals to offer Friday prayers in Mosque, they staged protests.

They said that the police and CRPF deployed fired teargas shells to disperse protesters who pelted stones at security forces, resulting in pitched battles.

They said that a person was also arrested during the clashes and window panes of over a dozen vehicles were also damaged.

A senior police officer said that forces tried to take action against the shopkeepers who had opened shops in the red zone area, however, locals pelted them with stones who retaliated by firing tear smoke shells to disperse them.

SSP Pulwama Ashish Kumar Mishra told KNO that the incident took place after shopkeepers had opened their shops in the red zone area.

Meanwhile, five civilians were injured during minor clashes in Qaimoh area of Kulgam district.

An official said that some miscreants pelted stones on patrolling party of police and CRPF in Ghat village in Qaimoh area who retaliated by firing pellets, resulting in injuries to five persons who were passing by the area at the time of the incident