February 2017 News

After Army Chief's Dare, Kashmir Youth Waive ISIS Flags Amid Protests Srinagar: KD Desk

17 February 2017
Kashmir Dispatch

Srinagar: Clashes erupted after Friday prayers between government forces and pro freedom protesters in Srinagar and north Kashmir areas. A large number of youths gathered in Srinagar's Nawuet and waved the Islamic State and Pakistani flags after which the forces intervened to disperse them. Clashes followed as the youths protested, chanted pro-freedom slogans and pelted stones at the forces who used tear gas shells and charged with batons. In north Kashmir's Sopore town, protesters, shouting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans, also indulged in stone throwing. India army chief Bipin Rawat had days ago said that those waiving Pakistan or Islamic State flag in Kashmir will be dealt firmly. There was no call for protests or shutdown by any pro freedom group on Friday. Pulwom town, in southern part of Kashmir, witnessed clashes triggering shopkeepers to down the shutters after Friday congregational prayers , reports said. Reports quoting witnesses said that scores of youth took out a pro-freedom rally after the congregational prayers. 'When the protesters reached near Murran Square, the forces already deployed in strength there tried to stop the youth which led to clashes. As per eyewitnesses the youths attacked the forces with stones who resorted to heavy teargas shelling. Clashes later spread to Rajpora Square, they said. However there were no reports of injuries during the ongoing clashes.