Valley witnesses massive protests after Friday prayers
SRINAGAR—Following the post Friday protest call given jointly by the separatists, people at various places staged protest demonstrations against the government proposals including Sainik, Pandit colonies and new industrial policy.
The protesters at different places including City centre were holding banners and raised anti-government and anti-India slogans.
The protesters tried to take out a protest march against the proposed separate settlements for ex-army officers and Pandits in Kashmir on a joint call of separatist leaders.
In Hyderpora, Hurriyat (G) activists and several leaders took out a rally after Friday prayers from Jamia Majid and marched towards Airport road.
The protesters raised anti-government slogans and pro-Kashmir slogans.
A Hurriyat (G) leader said that they took out a march from Jamia Masjid Hyderpora and ended their peaceful protest at Airport road.
Hurriyat (M) activists also staged protest against they what they termed as controversial statement outside the historical Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
As soon as the Friday congregation ended in historic Jamia Masjid, the protesters led by Ghulam Nabi Zaki and Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi raised slogans against the government and termed the establishing of Sainik Colonies, ‘new industrial policy as a conspiracy to dilute the special status of the state.’
In Handwara Jamia Masjid, Molvi Manzoor Ahmad Kirmani while addressing people during the Friday congregation said they won’t allow establishing of Sainik colonies and other similar government plans in the state. “We will fight against such plans of the government,” he said.
In Palhallan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the protesters took to streets and raised slogans against the government.
Clashes erupted between youth and forces in the area after the youth took to streets to protested against establishing of Sainik and Pandit colonies, implementation of new industrial policy. Forces resorted to tear smoke shelling to disperse the protesters.
A joint call for shutdown and peaceful protests after Friday prayers across Jammu and Kashmir was given by both the factions of Hurriyat and JKLF.—RK