February 2016 News

Look Who Is Thanking JNU In Kashmir

19 February 2016

Srinagar: Violent protests rocked the old Srinagar city after scores of masked youth raised banners thanking Jawahar Lal Nehru students for raising voice against Afzal Guru's execution. Police had to lob smoke shells and resort to lathicharge to disperse the mob which pelted stones near the historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar city. The incident occurred after Friday prayers were over and a group of youth surfaced from the lanes and bylanes shouting pro-freedom and pro-Afzal Guru slogans. The youth, most of them masked, and then hit the main road waving Pakistani and Islamic State flags. What came as a surprise for the security forces was the raising of pro-JNU banners by some of the masked youth in the crowd. 'Thank (you) JNU,' read the black banner flashed by some of the masked boys. 'Sad that recent events and their handling have created a situation where JNU now features alongside Pakistan & IS flags,' tweeted former chief minister Omar Abdullah. Youth later resorted to heavy stone pelting on the police and paramilitary forces deployments. Security forces retaliated by firing tear smoke shells and using baton charge to disperse the violent mob. The ding-dong battle between the stone throwers and police continued for few hours creating a chaotic situation in the old Srinagar city. The stone pelting occurred despite government barring moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also Kashmir's chief cleric, from leading the prayers at the Jamia Masjid on Friday. Mirwaiz later took to twitter patting the youth of India for what he said challenging the unjust policies of the state. 'Heartening to see many among the youth of India are challenging the unjust policies of the state. This does not qualify them to be traitors. They understand that there are many issues such as Kashmir which have to be dealt with based on the principles of truth and justice Anyone who disagrees with it or even simply has a difference of opinion is sweepingly labelled as an anti national!' he said. Tensions have been mounting in the Valley after the reports of harassment to Kashmiri students and arrest of SAR Geelani following the JNU saga. Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Shah Geelani has threated to launch an agitation akin to 2010 if the harassment of the students is not stopped and SAR is not released forthwith. 'All the charges against the SAR Geelani should be drooped and he should be released. Harassment of Kashmiri students should be halted forthwith. Otherwise it will have a serious reaction in the state. After consulting the entire pro-freedom camp, we will announce a protest calendar against this,' he said.