Srinagar: Groups of youth took out a
procession here Sunday to protest alleged blasphemous depiction
of Kaba Sharief on some products and clashed with police,
prompting them to fire warning shots and tear smoke shells.
The protests continued for the second day today in the
city despite Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
appealing to people not to pay heed to "rumours". Fifteen
persons were injured in clashes between police and
stone-pelting protestors in the city yesterday.
Youth carrying garments allegedly depicting photographs
of Kaba Sharief took out a march in Maisuma in the heart of
the city trying to enforce a shutdown but police prevented
them from coming on the main road, officials said.
They said the protesters pelted stones on the policemen
who retaliated with tear smoke shells. They also fired a few
warning shots to disperse them, the officials added.
The clashes remained confined to the Maisuma locality,
they said adding, no one was injured.
Police after examining the garments found that they carry
imprints and sketches of various buildings which resemble
places like Big Ben in London, St Paul`s Cathedral of London
and other places. "No sketch has any likeness to any Muslim
religious place or building," a police spokesman said.
Disturbed over the protests, Omar last night appealed to
people not to fall prey to rumour-mongers.
"Some elements are bent upon to disturb peace for vested
interests and people should not get carried away by their
nefarious designs," he said.
Meanwhile, protests also rocked Banihal town of Jammu
region, where a shutdown was observed on the issue.
Over 1,000 people took out a protest rally on the
Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and raised slogans. They also
blocked traffic for some time.