Srinagar, February 17: A fresh stroke of clashes erupted after Friday prayers between security forces and agitating mobs in Srinagar and north Kashmir areas.
There was no call for protests or shut down by any separatist group on Friday. But protestors, shouting anti-India and pro-Pakistan slogans followed stone pelting on security forces in north Kashmir’s Sopore town.
A large number of youths gathered in Srinagar’s Nowhatta and waved the Islamic State and Pakistani flags after which the security forces intervened to disperse them.
Clashes followed as the youths protested, chanted pro-freedom slogans and pelted stones at the security forces who used tear gas shells and charged with batons.
Earlier on Wednesday Army chief Bipin Rawat had warned the local stone pelters who support Pakistan and ISIS slogans and flags. He has said they would be treated as anti-nationals and terrorists by the armed forces.
The warning came after India lost 3 jawans on Tuesday after an encounter was broke out between militants and security forces in Pir Mohalla, Hanjin in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
One militant was also killed in the gunfight. 11 security personnel, including four from army, one from the CRPF and six from the police, were also injured in the gun battle. Several civilians were also injured as Militants were holed up inside the hideout.
Reportedly some locals indulged into heavy stone pelting in the area which hurt army operations. Just two days ahead another encounter had happened in which 2 army jawans were martyred and 2 terrorists were also killed.
Since last year after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in the valley, mob protests and unrest has disrupted the peace and normalcy in Kashmir.