Protests in JK, Clinton's effigy burnt

Demonstrators today burnt the effigy of the U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, in protest against the alleged blasphemy of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), as the normal life in Srinagar and other major towns remained paralysed for the sixth constructive day today. Two top All Parties Hurriat Conference (APHC) leaders were put under house arrest as a precautionary measure.

14th March 1997
Indian Express

Srinagar: Groups of angry demonstrators took to streets in the various localities of Srinagar city and protested against the display of the "imaginary portrait"of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in the U.S. Supreme Court. Early morning, the protesting youth burnt the effigy of Clinton in a number of localities including ABI Guzar. The protesters pelted stones on the police, when the latter tried to dispense them. However, police used tear smoke shells and resorted to lathicharge in Batmaloo, Maisuma, Abiguzar in civil lines area and most of the down town localities. Pitched battles between the police and demonstrators intensified after the Friday prayers and continued for hours. Police also arrested some miscreants from different parts of the city.

Normal life in the capital city and other major towns remained paralysed for the sixth consecutive day today. Government offices, shops, business establishments, banks and all educational institutions were closed. City wore a deserted look as the traffic was also off the roads. Police and para military forces had been deployed in strength in order to face any eventuality. Today also people observed a spontaneous strike.

Meanwhile, the authorities today put the four top Hurriat leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Abdul Gani Lone, Mohammad Yasin Malik and Javed Ahmad Mir under house arrest. However, Malik and Mir Manayed to give a slip to police contingents guarding their houses and reached the historical Jamia Masjid to address the Friday congregation alongwith the APHC chairman,Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other leaders.

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