Srinagar: Clashes broke out on Friday between
protesters, agitating against recent arrests of youths
allegedly involved in recent stone-pelting incidents, and
security personnel in Nowhatta area of old Srinagar city.
A group of youths emerged from Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta
and started pelting stones on police and paramilitary
personnel deployed there, sources said.
Police initially used batons to chase them away, but had
to fire tear gas shells in an attempt to restore order in the
area, they said.
Police officials have denied anyone getting hurt in the
clashes, but eyewitnesses claimed that one youth injured by a
tear gas shell.
The youths were protesting against the arrests made by
police since last Friday following violent protests in
Nowhatta, Gojwara and adjoining areas.
This is for second consecutive Friday today that
stone-pelting incidents have been witnessed in Nowhatta area
of the city after remaining peaceful since October last year.