Srinagar witness restrictions, Clashes erupt in Sopore

SRINAGAR : In view of all Parties Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s call for a march to the headquarters of the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), the authorities imposes restrictions in Srinagar to prevent any separatist march.

The heavy deployment of forces at Nowhatta, old city was put in place. The police and paramilitary forces were kept on toes to deal with any law and order situation.

Sources said that two office bearers of Hurriyat Conference moderate faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were arrested by police outside the Rajbagh office of the amalgam with banners and placards.

Miwaiz was also placed under house arrest to prevent the march. While lashing out on the authorities on twitter and said, “Shameless ruling regime once again barred Muslims from offering mandatory Friday prayers at Jami Masjid”.

Meanwhile, Yasin Malik Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief was arrested when he tried to march towards United Nations Office at Sonawar. Sources said that Police arrested Yasin Malik at Saraibala near local Mosque.

Clashes, restrictions in Sopore

Clashes erupts after Friday prayers in Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla District soon after youth assembled near old Jamia Masjid area and started shouting pro-freedom slogans, reports said.

Reports said that the youth resorts to stone pelting on the deployment of forces who in turn retaliation bursts tear gas shells to disperse the protesters. However no reports of injuries have been received in the clash.

Meanwhile the town witnessed a partial shutdown as the business establishments were closed besides the traffic was also affected.

However a head of 33th death anniversary of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, who was hanged in February, 11, 1984, restrictions are put in place to thwart any untoward incident. (PTK)